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Labor's Resurgence: In the States Roundup

Wed, 05/01/2019 - 09:46
Labor's Resurgence: In the States Roundup AFL-CIO

It's time once again to take a look at the ways working people are making progress in the states. Click on any of the links to follow the state federations on Twitter.

Alabama AFL-CIO:

11th annual "Road Kill BBQ" is getting off to a great start. #1U pic.twitter.com/Cm9BXBUSX0

— Alabama AFL-CIO (@AlabamaAFLCIO) April 3, 2019

Alaska AFL-CIO:

Keep our pioneers in Alaska! Time to testify on Alaska Pioneer Homes (HB 96) is NOW (3 pm)! #akleg pic.twitter.com/IkT9Gk4nhd

— Alaska AFL-CIO (@AKAFLCIO) April 23, 2019

Arizona AFL-CIO:

Huge thank you to all our Union Brothers and Sisters and Arizona State Legislators that participated in our 2019 #AZAFLCIO Day of Action at the Capitol today! Remember, the work does not stop here! #WeWorkForUnions @ Arizona State Capitol — at... https://t.co/ONnN7ZRS0K

— Arizona AFL-CIO (@ArizonaAFLCIO) April 17, 2019

Arkansas AFL-CIO:

Expensive degree and no guaranteed job: More students are considering options outside of 4-year college https://t.co/RJLkA092B7

— Arkansas AFL-CIO (@ArkansasAFLCIO) April 24, 2019

California Labor Federation:

Companies who dodge their obligation of providing basic protections like a minimum wage need to be held accountable. To put an end to cheating workers #CALeg must #DisruptInequality and vote #YesOnAB5. @LorenaAD80 https://t.co/JbOnMC9WlB

— California Labor Federation (@CaliforniaLabor) April 23, 2019

Colorado AFL-CIO:

Colorado can do it – reduce carbon emissions, make a difference on climate change and ensure a fair and just transition for displaced fossil fuel dependent workers at the same time. Read the report below!https://t.co/e7x5ozckq5

— Colorado AFL-CIO (@AFLCIOCO) April 16, 2019

Connecticut AFL-CIO:

Today we remembered and honored the lives of the 28 workers who were killed in the L'Ambiance Plaza collapse 32 years ago. We must recommit ourselves to fight for good, safe jobs for all working people. @AFLCIO pic.twitter.com/jbdkQPGdb6

— Connecticut AFL-CIO (@ConnAFLCIO) April 23, 2019

Florida AFL-CIO:

Week 7 was full of political tricks as the attack on Working Families continued. Watch our update videos covering all of the critical issues affecting you and your family during Legislative Session. Sign up for email alerts at https://t.co/tDa78A8Tvyhttps://t.co/i3td0bV3cE

— Florida AFL-CIO (@FLAFLCIO) April 22, 2019

Georgia AFL-CIO:

Union workers hit another milestone in building our energy future. This investment in Georgia's energy infrastructure & workers is key for the future of Georgia, its infrastructure & its economy as the state grows. Congratulations and thank you for the work you do every day! #1u pic.twitter.com/1Aa1mNYa04

— AFL-CIO Georgia (@AFLCIOGeorgia) March 26, 2019

Idaho AFL-CIO:

#SpringCleaning? Be sure to buy #Union! #Solidarity #UnionYes #UnionProud #1u #MadeInUSA #unionstrong
Check out @Labor411 for a complete list! https://t.co/YH92oU5TtC pic.twitter.com/c7bNKxIrMr

— Idaho State AFL-CIO (@IdahoAFLCIO) April 22, 2019

Indiana State AFL-CIO:

The message that #StopAndShopWorkers sent to their company by collectively standing up for themselves, their families, and good jobs has resonated not only with the company, but all of America. Thank you to the hardworking @UFCW members at Stop & Shop for everything you’ve done!

— Indiana AFL-CIO (@INAFLCIO) April 22, 2019

Iowa Federation of Labor:

Workers Memorial Day Events Around Iowa https://t.co/kEyH9hGGnL pic.twitter.com/U8yqaGzQFX

— Iowa AFL-CIO (@IowaAFLCIO) April 23, 2019

Kansas State AFL-CIO:

Working people everywhere thanks you Governor Kelly for the veto of
SB 22. pic.twitter.com/ZEDqMXlbc6

— Kansas AFL-CIO (@KansasAFLCIO) March 25, 2019

Kentucky State AFL-CIO:

Thank you to our union brothers and sisters working with Operation Victory to build a home for a Veteran in need.
Greater Louisville Central Labor Council, GLCLC https://t.co/ZfF1HrgtzV

— Kentucky AFL-CIO (@aflcioky) April 22, 2019

Maine AFL-CIO:

Chris Tucker of LIUNA Local 327 testifying in support of LD 1386 to improve the way prevailing hourly wages & benefits are set on state construction projects #mepolitics pic.twitter.com/GhJry21Hka

— Maine AFL-CIO (@MEAFLCIO) April 24, 2019

Massachusetts AFL-CIO:

Statement from President Tolman on the end of the 2019 UFCW Stop & Shop Worker Strike. Click for full statement: https://t.co/ZZ1CMFYjRJ #1u #solidarity #StopAndShopWorkers #Stopandshopstrike @StopDontShop pic.twitter.com/CkZC4OzRN9

— Massachusetts AFLCIO (@massaflcio) April 22, 2019

Metro Washington (D.C.) Council AFL-CIO:

Painters lend a hand in the community https://t.co/vdXmSEj8kh

— MetroDCLaborCouncil (@DCLabor) April 24, 2019

Michigan AFL-CIO:

America’s largest one-day food drive is Saturday, May 11! Help your letter carriers #StampOutHunger: https://t.co/BP500FrxNF pic.twitter.com/7wntxQKwPk

— Michigan AFL-CIO (@MIAFLCIO) April 22, 2019

Minnesota AFL-CIO:

The House is back in session and they’re working on the Jobs bill, which includes paid family & medical leave, cracking down on #WageTheft, and earned sick and safe time. #PaidLeaveMN #mnleg #1u

— Minnesota AFL-CIO (@MNAFLCIO) April 24, 2019

Missouri AFL-CIO:

Thanks to Senators Holsman, May, Nasheed, Arthur, Walsh, Rizzo, Sifton, Schupp, Williams, and Curls for standing up for Missouri voters and protecting our constitutional right to have a say in Missouri laws. Join us in thanking them for standing up against SJR1. #moleg pic.twitter.com/aFLe8GilEc

— Missouri AFL-CIO (@MOAFLCIO) April 17, 2019

Montana AFL-CIO:

Under flags at half-mast to honor the fallen, Montana protects its future by making presumptive coverage for firefighters law. Thank you to @mcconnell_nate, our men and women in uniform, and everyone else who fought to make this happen! #mtpol #mtleg pic.twitter.com/WvQj8Dn1X5

— Montana AFL-CIO (@MTaflcio) April 18, 2019

Nebraska State AFL-CIO:

We oppose any proposal that disproportionately increases taxes on low-income families. LB289 would increase the state sales taxes by 3/4 cent and the effects would fall heaviest on low-income families. Tell your senator to oppose LB289. Find senator here: https://t.co/qxFk3gHDC9

— NE State AFL-CIO (@NEAFLCIO) April 18, 2019

Nevada State AFL-CIO:

Nevada’s legislators are learning about how paid apprenticeship programs benefit key communities and our economy at Apprenticeship Day 2019 at the #NVLeg. pic.twitter.com/cHbCgU6mO6

— Nevada State AFL-CIO (@NVAFLCIO) April 23, 2019

New Hampshire AFL-CIO:

By acclamation @PresBrackett has been elected to a second term as NH AFL-CIO President! #nhpolitics

— NewHampshire AFL-CIO (@NHAFLCIO) April 13, 2019

New Mexico Federation of Labor:

Congratulations Brothers and Sisters https://t.co/dhPjnvPbZ5

— NMFL (@NMFLaflcio) April 18, 2019

New York State AFL-CIO:

President Cilento on the picket line with #UnionStrong @UAWRegion9A
CAMBA workers on strike in NYC. pic.twitter.com/TvJDuKqGzu

— NYSAFLCIO (@NYSAFLCIO) April 17, 2019

North Carolina State AFL-CIO:

"The ban on collective bargaining for public employees denies us the information we need to recruit, retain, and ensure the safety and well-being of our employees." @CityofWinston @bessefornc #ncga #ncpol #1u pic.twitter.com/3fmCqnPo9J

— NC State AFL-CIO (@NCStateAFLCIO) April 24, 2019

Ohio AFL-CIO:

Union rallies outside GE as contract talks near. We stand united in #Solidarity with our ⁦@IUE_CWAUnion⁩ members! Across the country workers are finding their strength and power for dignity and respect... and winning! https://t.co/3BCS9OUpan

— Ohio AFL-CIO (@ohioaflcio) April 24, 2019

Oklahoma State AFL-CIO:

Thank you to those who keep the work going! pic.twitter.com/Hoq9Oqtwfh

— Oklahoma AFL-CIO (@OK_AFL_CIO) April 24, 2019

Oregon AFL-CIO:

https://t.co/0JCfYGS5BA

— Oregon AFL-CIO (@OregonAFLCIO) April 20, 2019

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO:

2019 Hall of Fame Inductees - William Leskosky, (posthumously) AFSCME, Vicki Wyland SEIU, Ed Yankovich, Jr. UMWA. An outstanding annual event hosted by a Central Labor Council with outstanding members! — at DoubleTree Pittsburgh Meadow Lands https://t.co/zQRBC2jY3g

— PA AFL-CIO (@PaAFL_CIO) April 20, 2019

Rhode Island AFL-CIO:

#HelpASisterOutPeriod The RI Coalition of Labor Union Women, w/ the support of @rifthp, @IBT251, @riaflcio, is launching our #HelpASisterOutPeriod campaign, to raise awareness for women who lack the financial means to purchase menstrual products. https://t.co/cIgjYAAcTb #1U

— Rhode Island AFL-CIO (@riaflcio) April 22, 2019

South Carolina AFL-CIO:

Facing Escalating Workplace Violence, Hospital Employees Have Had Enough https://t.co/U84xXMiEHh

— SC AFL-CIO (@SCAFLCIO) April 9, 2019

Tennessee AFL-CIO Labor Council:

ICYMI: Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee pokes a sleeping tiger with his school voucher agenda https://t.co/M5ZewLoPZz

— Tennessee AFL-CIO (@tnaflcio) April 22, 2019

Texas AFL-CIO:

Dow locks out more than 200 workers in Deer Park https://t.co/vHUyrO5U8t via @houstonchron

— Texas AFL-CIO (@TexasAFLCIO) April 23, 2019

Virginia AFL-CIO:

"We’re talking to people about labor history and we’re not even walking the walk in this institution." https://t.co/3rZVCX1g4v

— Virginia AFL-CIO (@Virginia_AFLCIO) April 23, 2019

Washington State Labor Council:

“Jacquie’s unexpected passing is a major loss for the labor movement in Washington state,” said WSLC President Larry Brown. https://t.co/N7rhBW1kIm

— WA State AFL-CIO (@WAAFLCIO) April 17, 2019

West Virginia AFL-CIO:

When underground labor is used, the communities lose millions.... payroll taxes go unpaid, the City of Charleston doesn't get its user fee.  The state gets no state income taxes. https://t.co/q1vyqP7Ynp

— West Virginia AFLCIO (@WestVirginiaAFL) April 16, 2019

Wisconsin State AFL-CIO:

Wisconsin AFL-CIO Applauds Executive Order to Combat Worker Misclassification and Prevent Payroll Fraud, https://t.co/HeVsiPqY51

— WI AFL-CIO (@wisaflcio) April 18, 2019 Kenneth Quinnell Wed, 05/01/2019 - 10:46

Marriott Should Tell the Truth About Sexual Harassment

Fri, 04/26/2019 - 11:57
Marriott Should Tell the Truth About Sexual Harassment UNITE HERE

Marriott International, the biggest hotel chain in the world, is hiding the truth about the dangers its workers face. UNITE HERE members are demanding that the company comes clean. 

In 2018, working people at Marriott went on strike and won greater sexual harassment protections. For those protections to fully work, the company has to tell the truth about the pervasiveness of harassment at its hotels. But it refuses to do so.

Marriott was asked to report the total number of incidents of sexual harassment at its hotels to shareholders. Instead, it revealed the number of formal legal complaints that have been filed in the past five years, only 44 worldwide. But according to estimates from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace, between 25% and 85% of women have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace, while only 6%-13% file a formal complaint. By revealing only the number of formal legal complaints, Marriott is likely under-reporting harassment in its hotels and making it harder to prevent future incidents. 

Join UNITE HERE in signing the petition demanding that Marriott tell the truth about harassment and assault on its properties and engage in a dialogue with workers to find solutions to this growing problem.

 

Kenneth Quinnell Fri, 04/26/2019 - 12:57

12 Things You Need to Know About Death on the Job

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 14:31
12 Things You Need to Know About Death on the Job AFL-CIO

The AFL-CIO today released its 28th annual Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect report. Each April, we examine the state of worker safety in America. This year's report shows that 5,147 working people were killed on the job in 2017. Additionally, an estimated 95,000 died from occupational diseases.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka (UMWA) called for action: 

This is a national crisis. And it’s well past time that our elected leaders in Washington, D.C., stop playing politics and take action to prevent these tragedies. Instead, the Trump administration is actually gutting the protections we fought so hard to win in the first place. This is unacceptable. It’s shameful. And the labor movement is doing everything in our power to stop it.

Here are 12 key findings from the report:

  1. Every day, 275 workers die from hazardous working conditions.

  2. There is only one Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspector for every 79,000 workers.

  3. Since 1970, there have been 410,000 traumatic worker deaths, but only 99 cases have been criminally prosecuted under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

  4. The average OSHA penalty for serious worker safety violations is only $3,580. The penalty rises to $7,761, on average, for worker deaths.

  5. About 8 million public sector workers lack OSHA protection. Their rate of injury and illness is 64% higher than private sector employees.

  6. Workplace violence is now the third-leading cause of death on the job.

  7. Women face the brunt of workplace violence, accounting for 2 of every 3 people who are attacked.

  8. Workplace violence caused 807 deaths in 2017 and nearly 29,000 serious injuries. More than 450 of those deaths were homicides.

  9. Health care and social assistance workers are four times more likely to suffer a workplace violence injury than those who work in other occupations. The level of serious workplace violence injuries for these workers has risen 69% in the past decade.

  10. The five most dangerous states to work in are: Alaska, North Dakota, Wyoming, West Virginia and South Dakota.

  11. The fatality rate for Latino and immigrant workers and workers 65 and older is higher than the national average.

  12. Workplace violence is preventable. An enforceable OSHA standard would keep workers safe, but in the meantime, Congress should pass the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act.

Read the full report to learn more.

Kenneth Quinnell Thu, 04/25/2019 - 15:31

What Happens When Call Center Jobs Are Shipped Abroad and Workers Try to Organize?

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 09:02
What Happens When Call Center Jobs Are Shipped Abroad and Workers Try to Organize? BIEN

One of the world's largest "contact center" companies, U.S.-based giant Alorica, has been expanding in the Philippines, where more than 1.3 million women and men work in the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector. These workers and their allies came together through BIEN, the BPO Industry Employees Network, to defend workers' interests in this booming sector. Alorica, a global player in this industry, offers "customer experience" services to the U.S. market for clients like Comcast, AT&T, Citibank, Barclays and Caesars.  

Since 2015, Unified Employees of Alorica (UEA) has been organizing to defend these workers' rights. At every step, Alorica has denied workers their right to form a union, broken laws and refused to recognize the union, retaliating against workers who unionize by firing them.

In September 2018, the union filed a notice of strike and began planning a legally protected strike to protest union-busting by Alorica. The United Employees of Alorica have the following demands:

  1. Drop the criminal charges filed against the union leaders.
  2. Reinstate the terminated officers of UEA.

Just this week, Michael Concepcion, a regional organizer for BIEN who has worked directly with the Communications Workers of America (CWA), received a death threat by text message. 

This and previous threats show a pattern of harassment, extra-judicial detentions and killings that have affected more and more union activists in the Philippines under the Duterte administration. Large corporations like Alorica and AT&T use this repressive climate to their own benefit.

Starting today, CWA and Filipino activist groups Migrante and Bayan are holding solidarity protests in San Francisco and Los Angeles, along with other local supporters in California.  

Support the UEA and allies like BIEN in their efforts to defend workers’ rights in this key industry in an economy globalized according to rules written by corporations and governments desperate to attract investment. Please tweet or post the following to Facebook and other social media:

Respect workers’ rights in the Philippines @OfficialAlorica @ATT Drop charges against UEA union leaders. #HumanRights #AloricaPH

Kenneth Quinnell Wed, 04/24/2019 - 10:02

USITC Report Backs Up the Need to Fix New NAFTA to Add Real Enforcement

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 08:50
USITC Report Backs Up the Need to Fix New NAFTA to Add Real Enforcement

On April 18, the United States International Trade Commission released its analysis of the likely economic impacts of the new NAFTA (also known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement or USMCA). The report supports the AFL-CIO’s position on the new NAFTA: Congress should not vote on it until it is fixed.

The usual Washington, D.C., pundits will talk a lot about how the report "proves" that the new NAFTA is good for the economy. But they probably won’t talk very much about the most important thing: Does the report provide useful insight on what matters most to workers?

An important caveat: The USITC has a history of wrong predictions. Not just randomly wrong. The USITC has only erred in one direction: to overestimate how great trade deals will be.  

For instance, the USITC predicted the original NAFTA would have small positive effects on wages in the United States and Canada and large positive effects on wages in Mexico. Instead, NAFTA suppressed wages in all three countries. Many U.S. union members saw their workplaces transfer production to Mexico, while others were forced to accept concessionary contracts to keep their jobs. In Mexico today, the minimum wage has less purchasing power than before NAFTA and there is a bigger gap between U.S. and Mexican manufacturing wages. This is because the original NAFTA puts the interests of global corporations ahead of the interests of working people.

Importantly, the new USITC report notes: "The agreement, if enforced, would strengthen labor standards and rights." In fact, it predicts that with enforcement, wages for union workers in Mexico would rise by 17.2%. This prediction may be another wild exaggeration (and even if it is not, a 17% raise on $2.00 per hour is still only $2.34 per hour). But it confirms what the AFL-CIO has been saying all along: A new NAFTA is useless to working people without swift and certain labor enforcement.

With or without NAFTA, America’s working families live in a global economy. We are exposed to international competition no matter what. One great way to increase our leverage to negotiate better pay and benefits is to help workers in other countries—including Mexico—raise their wages and benefits, too. The USITC is right that Mexican wages will only rise if Mexico completes its labor law reform process and all three NAFTA parties work hard to monitor and enforce the labor provisions of the deal.

But enforcement can’t happen unless the text is repaired to make sure that one party can’t block enforcement, unless labor loopholes are eliminated, unless new swift and certain monitoring and enforcement tools are added, and unless adequate, long-term resources are devoted to enforcement. And those changes to the deal can’t happen unless Congress tells the administration that it refuses to vote on the new NAFTA until it is fixed.

Please help us get this right. Call Congress today at 855-856-7545 and tell your representative: No vote until NAFTA is fixed!

Kenneth Quinnell Wed, 04/24/2019 - 09:50

Tags: NAFTA

The U.S. Postal Service is Owned by the People—Let's Keep it That Way

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 13:40
The U.S. Postal Service is Owned by the People—Let's Keep it That Way

As the tax deadline looms and millions scurry to get their forms sent on time, Tax Day is a good time to dispel the myth that the U.S. Postal Service is funded by tax dollars.

In fact, the Postal Service receives zero tax dollars for its operations. Without taking a dime in taxes, the Postal Service maintains the lowest prices for mail services in the industrialized world and delivers to 159 million addresses, six—and now often seven—days a week—all funded by revenue from the sale of stamps and other postal products.

While private courier companies only deliver where a profit can be made, the public post office provides universal service to everyone, no matter age, wealth, race, who we are or where we live.

It is little wonder that the Postal Service, a public institution enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and the crucial anchor of the growing e-commerce revolution, remains the most trusted federal agency. A recent Pew Research Center survey revealed that 88% of the population has a favorable view of the Postal Service, with the highest favorability ratings coming from young adults. Whether sending or receiving medicine, packages, greeting cards, letters, periodicals, catalogs or ballots, every person, household and business in this country is a postal customer.

Still, that persistent myth—that the Postal Service is a burden to taxpayers—is precisely the false narrative that led Congress to pass the 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act. That act manufactured a financial crisis by compelling the Postal Service to pre-fund all retiree health care costs, 75 years into the future—for workers not even born yet. This mandate transferred postal revenues to the U.S. Treasury and robbed the Postal Service of $5.6 billion a year over a 10-year period. No other company or agency faces, or could be expected to survive, such an onerous financial burden.

Adding to the absurdity is the fact that, prior to the 2006 law, the Postal Service had been reliably paying its annual retirement health benefit premiums on time.

Fast forward from 2006 to last year. Exactly one year ago, in April 2018—again using the guise of taxpayer protection—President Donald Trump established a postal task force to study Postal Service finances. However, before the task force even published its findings, the White House Office of Management and Budget in a June 2018 report on reforming government laid bare their goal of selling the Postal Service to the highest corporate bidder.

Postal privatization, if allowed to move forward, would surely enrich some Wall Street investors and a few powerful corporations. For the rest of us, it would result in diminished postal services and higher prices. This is exactly what happened when other nations, such as the United Kingdom, went down this path. Evidence of this can be seen in both the OMB report and the task force report that followed in December, which called for higher rates, cuts to service and lower wages and benefits for postal workers, all as a first step toward total privatization.

Other task force “solutions” include eliminating delivery days, slowing service speed, allowing anyone who pays a fee access to your secure and private mailbox, reducing door delivery, undermining the universal service obligation and piecemeal privatization that will all undermine the future of a vibrant public postal service.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Congress should simply fix the pre-funding fiasco they created in 2006. In addition, the Postal Service should provide an array of expanded services such as increased financial services and paycheck cashing, notary and various licensing services, internet access and electric automobile charging stations.

Everyone who sends and receives mail and packages has a stake in making sure that the U.S. Postal Service remains owned by, and in the service of, the people. Ask your member of Congress to co-sponsor House Resolution 33 and Senate Resolution 99. Both resolutions oppose privatizing the Postal Service.

Let’s ensure that the postal eagle, symbolizing its public ownership, is never sacrificed on the altar of private profit and replaced by the vulture of corporate greed. The U.S. Postal Service operates without tax dollars and provides a necessary and popular public service. Keep it—it’s yours.

This post originally appeared at The Cap Times.

Kenneth Quinnell Tue, 04/23/2019 - 14:40

Get to Know AFL-CIO's Affiliates: Railroad Signalmen

Mon, 04/22/2019 - 12:51
Get to Know AFL-CIO's Affiliates: Railroad Signalmen AFL-CIO

Next up in our series that takes a deeper look at each of our affiliates is the Railroad Signalmen (BRS).

Name of Union: Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen

Mission: To represent the men and women who maintain railroad signal systems and highway-rail grade crossing warning devices across the nation. In addition, the BRS negotiates contracts and promotes safety in the industry for its members and the traveling public. Local lodges elect delegates to national conventions, which is the organization's supreme authority. Delegates set policy, review the general state of the union, establish collective bargaining goals and elect Grand Lodge officers, who direct the organization between conventions.

Current Leadership of Union: Jerry Boles was elected to serve as president of the BRS in 2019. Mike Baldwin serves as secretary-treasurer. The BRS also has six vice presidents who serve in various capacities: Joe Mattingly (Midwest), Kelly A. Haley (Headquarters), James Finnegan (Commuter/Passenger), Tim Tarrant (East), Cory Claypool (West) and Brandon Elvey (NRAB).

Current Number of Members: 10,000-plus.

Members Work At: various railroad and supplier locations installing, repairing and maintaining railroad signal systems and highway-rail grade crossing warning devices. The signal system is used to direct train movements and the crossing warning devices warn motorists when a train is approaching a crossing. These members have been installing positive train control (PTC) equipment since Congress mandated the railroads install PTC back in 2008. PTC is an advanced train control system designed to automatically stop a train before certain accidents occur. In particular, PTC is designed to prevent train-to-train collisions, over speed derailments, train movements over track switches not properly lined and train movements into roadway worker work zones.

Industries Represented: The railroad industry and suppliers in the United States.

History: At the turn of the century, railroad signaling became an emerging craft as railroads increasingly incorporated new technology. In 1901, the BRS was founded to improve the safety and efficiency of railroad operations, and to represent the men and women who install and maintain signal systems. Over the ensuing decades, the organization grew into a national union consisting of working people across the Unites States.

Community Efforts: The BRS maintains a regular schedule of training for members as well as ongoing membership on various committees including the Railroad Safety Advisory Committee, which assist the Federal Railroad Administration in developing new regulatory standards to promote railroad safety. The BRS is actively engaged in Operation Lifesaver, a nonprofit public safety education and awareness organization dedicated to reducing collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail crossings, and trespassing on or near railroad tracks.

Learn More: Website.

Kenneth Quinnell Mon, 04/22/2019 - 13:51

Powerful Victory

Mon, 04/22/2019 - 12:44
Powerful Victory Getty

A tentative agreement between the 31,000 members of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) in New England and management at Stop & Shop supermarkets has been reached, effectively ending the historic strike that captured the country’s attention.

The proposed deal will preserve health care and retirement benefits, provide wage increases and maintain time-and-a-half pay on Sundays for members of UFCW locals 328, 919, 1459, 1445 and 371.

Workers walked off the job on April 11 after management proposed cuts to their health care benefits and wages, despite the company receiving a $225 million tax break in 2017.

The entire labor movement stood behind the workers, with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka (UMWA) and AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler (IBEW) visiting picket lines last week.

In response to the tentative agreement, UFCW said in a statement:

We are incredibly grateful to our customers and everyone who proudly stood together with us every day for a contract that invests in the communities we serve, and makes Stop & Shop a better place to work and a better place to shop.

Under this proposed contract, our members will be able to focus on continuing to help customers in our communities enjoy the best shopping experience possible and to keep Stop & Shop the number one grocery store in New England. The agreement preserves health care and retirement benefits, provides wage increases, and maintains time-and-a-half pay on Sunday for current members.

Today is a powerful victory for the 31,000 hardworking men and women of Stop & Shop who courageously stood up to fight for what all New Englanders want—good jobs, affordable health care, a better wage, and to be treated right by the company they made a success.

Kenneth Quinnell Mon, 04/22/2019 - 13:44

No Enforcement, No Treaty: What Working People Are Doing This Week

Mon, 04/22/2019 - 10:34
No Enforcement, No Treaty: What Working People Are Doing This Week AFL-CIO

Welcome to our regular feature, a look at what the various AFL-CIO unions and other working family organizations are doing across the country and beyond. The labor movement is big and active—here's a look at the broad range of activities we're engaged in this week.

A. Philip Randolph Institute:

Attention all brothers and sisters, AND Youth Members! Please find the application for the A. Philip Randolph Institute 2019 NEC here!! If you have any questions, please direct them to Jaida Curtis at jcurtis@apri.org. Looking forward to seeing you all!

— APRI National (DC) (@APRI_National) April 10, 2019

Actors' Equity:

Ballots for the upcoming referendum vote will be sent out during the last week of April. Make sure your contact information, including your email and mailing address, is up to date in the Member Portal. https://t.co/KlcvpKvaYM pic.twitter.com/Tr4bTGehY7

— Actors' Equity (@ActorsEquity) April 18, 2019

AFGE:

Good luck to @pittgrads who are voting for their union this week. Vote yes and know that the entire labor movement has your back! #1u #GradsTogether pic.twitter.com/2aHSyDEoAv

— AFGE (@AFGENational) April 18, 2019

AFSCME:

Trade proposals for #NAFTA 2.0 fail to ensure labor rules will be enforced. Contact your Representative at 855.856.7545 and tell them no vote on #NAFTA 2.0 until its fixed. #NoVoteTillItsFixed pic.twitter.com/YaiRYNcHFj

— AFSCME (@AFSCME) April 17, 2019

AFT:

The ideals and ideas I have outlined are not quixotic fantasies. They are pragmatic strategies that create the sustainable teaching and learning culture that enables the freedom to teach. - @rweingarten #FreedomToTeach

— AFT (@AFTunion) April 18, 2019

Air Line Pilots Association:

DYK: Our ALPA pilots are busy promoting the #pilot profession to members of the military at today's @Rotary2Airline Convention in Fort Campbell, KY. Thank you to our ALPA pilot volunteers! #aviationcareers pic.twitter.com/f8SQipHewF

— ALPA (@WeAreALPA) April 13, 2019

Alliance for Retired Americans:

The #GOPTaxScam did nothing for working Americans. Wealthy corporations didn't even use the millions they made from the tax cuts to raise wages or give out bonuses. https://t.co/ZAzYzyHXnL #Shame #RepealTaxCuts pic.twitter.com/j26tBNjcye

— Alliance Retirees (@ActiveRetirees) April 17, 2019

Amalgamated Transit Union:

Public transit: An essential public service not to be privatized! Please share. https://t.co/3L3sjm9V7e #publictransit #transit #1u #UnionStrong

— ATU, Transit Union (@ATUComm) April 17, 2019

American Federation of Musicians:

Management did not budge an inch & just restated their “last, best and final” offer AGAIN to @MusiciansChiSym Outrageous & Unacceptable! 😡😠😡😠 #1u #UnionMusicianshttps://t.co/VDzIm0xOGR

— AFM (@The_AFM) April 17, 2019

American Postal Workers Union:

President Dimondstein writes:
Pres. Dimondstein:
“The U.S. Postal Service operates without tax dollars and provides a necessary and popular public service. Keep it — it’s yours.” #TaxDay #USMailNotForSalehttps://t.co/4UAZSYE02P

— APWU National (@APWUnational) April 15, 2019

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance:

Our TPS, DACA, and DED siblings belong in our communities. Call on Congress to be bold and pass the #DreamAndPromiseNow ! Show your support and sign the petition today: https://t.co/mmwUWsgYvl#SaveTPS #TPSJUSTICE #DACA pic.twitter.com/KIJ5Voqc9E

— APALA (@APALAnational) April 17, 2019

Association of Flight Attendants-CWA:

#TBT to last week's Chicago (ORD) demonstration to support AFA Air Wisconsin Flight Attendants! Almost 100 people demonstrated to pressure Air Wisconsin management and United Airlines to negotiate a FAIR contract. #1u #ContractNow pic.twitter.com/m1topQ03wT

— AFA-CWA (@afa_cwa) April 18, 2019

Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers:

BCTGM stands in #solidarity with striking @UFCW members @stopnshop_ne in New England. If you see a picket line - don’t stop & shop there until the strike is over! sign the petition at https://t.co/irbqoqbS9R #1u #jobs #wages #LaborRights pic.twitter.com/Ifp17tXIhj

— BCTGM International (@BCTGM) April 17, 2019

Boilermakers:

Back at it today on Capitol Hill with Local 5, Zone 5. #Boilermakers are ready to discuss issues and advocate for working Americans. pic.twitter.com/PDK6hwsHVN

— Boilermakers Union (@boilermakernews) April 16, 2019

Bricklayers:

Our #union #apprenticeship allows younger students to make a living much faster, especially when #construction industry needs labor: https://t.co/gV016ilnJb #1u #SkilledTrade #Wisconsin @BuildingWI

— Bricklayers Union (@IUBAC) April 5, 2019

Coalition of Black Trade Unionists:

https://t.co/AhGyIzV9Hs

— CBTU (@CBTU72) April 11, 2019

Coalition of Labor Union Women:

Did you know your post office receives ZERO tax dollars to deliver mail to every address in our country at consistently low rates? Let’s keep the USPS a public good, not sell it to corporations for private profit. #USMailNotForSale #TaxDay https://t.co/opknPNw9cy

— CLUW National (@CLUWNational) April 15, 2019

Communications Workers of America:

Before the #GOPTaxScam passed, massive companies made promises that they'd use their tax breaks to create jobs & raise wages. That's not what happened.

Check out the op-ed by CWA President Shelton. Congress needs to start holding corporations accountable!https://t.co/mhwst57szH

— CWA (@CWAUnion) April 17, 2019

Department for Professional Employees:

According to a report by @EconomicPolicy teachers are paid significantly less than comparable professionals #FreedomToTeach #1u https://t.co/XNbeu75sYC

— Department for Professional Employees (@DPEaflcio) April 18, 2019

Electrical Workers:

The fastest growing jobs in nearly a quarter of U.S. states are #IBEW jobs - and they're green jobs too https://t.co/D1JnEwOYOB

— IBEW (@IBEW) April 17, 2019

Farm Labor Organizing Committee:

This is a great short on getting underrepresented groups into agricultural degree programs. Shout out to @SankofaFarmsLLC! https://t.co/8fNvCkS4Af

— Farm Labor Organizing Committee (@SupportFLOC) April 16, 2019

Fire Fighters:

It's a day of tribute to the Paris #firefighters who saved Notre Dame Cathedral from collapse and rescued its treasures from the flames https://t.co/BRr7UuESci

— IAFF (@IAFFNewsDesk) April 18, 2019

Heat and Frost Insulators:

Mechanical Insulation is the one thing that goes into a building and starts paying for itself as soon as the system is activated - immediately saving energy and reducing greenhouse emissions. Learn more here: https://t.co/2daFpcwFV0

— Insulators Union (@InsulatorsUnion) April 17, 2019

International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers:

Great article telling us what we already know, #unions are a HUGE benefit for professional workers!! JOIN THE MOVEMENT!! #1u #NerdUnion https://t.co/qRFDooJaxJ

— IFPTE (@IFPTE) April 13, 2019

International Labor Communications Association:

Our annual ILCA Labor Media Contest is open. The first and largest competition exclusively for labor journalists, the contest recognizes excellence in labor journalism, photography, film, podcasts, websites, and social media. https://t.co/CIvnK9ZwBD

— Labor Communications (@ILCAonline) April 9, 2019

Ironworkers:

Iron Workers from local 433/416 topped out Los Angeles Stadium in Inglewood on Monday. https://t.co/LdFQUNKGiB

— Ironworkers. (@TheIronworkers) April 17, 2019

IUE-CWA:

Workplace violence is the 3rd leading cause of death on the job. One in every 6 workplace deaths are from workplace violence. Help end workplace violence and support HR 1309 Workplace Violence prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act

— IUE-CWA (@IUE_CWAUnion) April 18, 2019

Jobs With Justice:

For years, working people have joined together and rallied for higher minimum wages across the country. Not only are we winning that fight, but big opponents are starting to back down. #fightfor15http://bit.ly/2ZeB0c9

— Jobs With Justice (@jwjnational) April 17, 2019

Labor Council for Latin American Advancement:

LCLAA proudly supports the work of @AnnaAlvaradoArt who is an artist and youth empowerment advocate from East LA. With her art, she seeks to capture the emotional rawness of the female spirit encouraging Latinas to see perfection in their imperfections. #TrabajadorasTuesday pic.twitter.com/6LoE9WuaWi

— LCLAA (@LCLAA) April 16, 2019

Laborers:

Our second session in #PuertoRico was emotional and inspirational. In partnership with @LIUNA @LiUNAEasternReg and @LiunaPR these sisters, brothers and now, new Instructors, are leading the #rebuilding of their Island. Power of #training #education. #feelthepower #trainingliuna pic.twitter.com/wc4vXv6Ofc

— LIUNA!Training (@TrainingLiuna) April 18, 2019

Machinists:

Demonstrating solidarity and sending a clear message to @GeneralElectric. https://t.co/vlKc8rawlb

— Machinists Union (@MachinistsUnion) April 18, 2019

Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO:

Trade Unions Pave Pathways to Good Jobs https://t.co/KP5p8mzl4g

— Metal Trades Dept. (@metaltradesafl) April 16, 2019

Mine Workers:

In Morgantown, WV today! President Roberts is speaking to District 2 and District 31 members about our pension fight. “We will win, because we will never quit.” -@CecilRoberts pic.twitter.com/rtzFvGyZfs

— United Mine Workers (@MineWorkers) April 4, 2019

Musical Artists:

Attention Chicago/Midwest AGMA members - On May 6th, The Actor's Fund (in partnership with SAG-AFTRA) will present a Myers-Briggs Career Development Workshop led by T.A.F. Career Counselor and Myers-Briggs Master Practitioner Maryellen Langhout.

https://t.co/5ZaAOuTNxZ

— AGMA (@AGMusicalArtist) April 17, 2019

National Air Traffic Controllers Association:

After 53 years, retired charter member Joe Bellino – the Union’s first NGL RVP & second EVP – was invited by the National Pathfinder Association (NPA) to become a lifetime Associate Member #3. Less than 1% of military members are Pathfinder qualified. https://t.co/MZVRJIuk9x pic.twitter.com/CGomRsw02j

— NATCA (@NATCA) April 18, 2019

National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians-CWA:

#NABShow pic.twitter.com/Mo7tZ1l1tH

— NABET-CWA (@NABETCWA) April 10, 2019

National Association of Letter Carriers:

Thank you for supporting the #StampOutHunger #FoodDrive, Mayor @billpeduto! NALC Branch President Ted Lee, left, & Retired Letter Carrier Alex Criego (food drive coordinator), right, met w/ City of Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto who committed to assisting in this year's food drive. pic.twitter.com/g8WTXZcp5n

— Letter Carriers (@NALC_National) April 18, 2019

National Domestic Workers Alliance:

Teresita also wrote a piece for the @nytimes in 2017 about why she and other caregivers, housecleaners and nannies participated in the #WomensMarch: “to show our collective power as the past, present and future of America.” https://t.co/k7ctPk0uWt

— Domestic Workers (@domesticworkers) April 18, 2019

National Federation of Federal Employees:

NFFE FSC Vice President (CCC's) Beverly Tobin Ford Speaks at 2019 IAM Women’s Conference https://t.co/mH3ftDh1wq pic.twitter.com/7hVG6QBR8R

— NFFE (@NFFE_Union) April 15, 2019

National Nurses United:

.@NNUCorey closes out with a call to action: The way we win is to educate, agitate, and organize. #Veterans, nurses and other VA workers have to join together, take to the streets, and organize town halls to educate the community about what is happening in the VA. ✊ pic.twitter.com/HjRTt8EjL4

— NationalNursesUnited (@NationalNurses) April 18, 2019

National Taxi Workers Alliance:

Brothers & sisters, reach out for help if you need it. We are here for each other. Come by the NYTWA office any time you need to talk or be in the company of fellow drivers M-F 12pm-8pm. There are resources available for you. We are in this fight together. https://t.co/Wf1FxvLsuk

— NY Taxi Workers (@NYTWA) April 13, 2019

The NewsGuild-CWA:

Welcome to the @news_guild! https://t.co/Ou1HR9zZ63

— NewsGuild (@news_guild) April 15, 2019

NFL Players Association:

.@bcope51 is about that action! #AthleteAnd #sportsbiz https://t.co/0CcCvwELey

— NFLPA (@NFLPA) April 17, 2019

North America's Building Trades Unions:

Family-sustaining wages and ZERO college debt. Why NOT join a #BuildingTrades union?

“From day one you’re earning money in an apprenticeship program.”https://t.co/PpTcRHlhXU

— The Building Trades (@NABTU) April 17, 2019

Office and Professional Employees:

Working families have suffered as a direct consequence of #NAFTA. We can’t let the renegotiation of the trade deal be dominated by corporations and billionaires. Call your representative NOW at 1-855-856-7545 and tell them to stand up for working families. #1u #UnionStrong pic.twitter.com/Vt3aIeY1Up

— OPEIU (@opeiu) April 16, 2019

Painters and Allied Trades:

The United States is receiving a D+ on its Infrastructure Report Card. The IUPAT has joined the fight to push Congress to pass an infrastructure bill that will change this ranking significantly. #InfrastructureNow #RebuildUSA pic.twitter.com/VHsnqy0dG0

— GoIUPAT✊🏽 (@GoIUPAT) April 18, 2019

Plasterers and Cement Masons:

“Today, the biggest obstacle that stands between us and the places we work, live and play is thousands of miles of crumbling roads, highways and bridges ... Every day we fail to invest, we’re putting more lives at risk.” https://t.co/KXSI1G1cEk

— OPCMIA International (@opcmiaintl) April 15, 2019

Pride At Work:

"Anyone who qualifies for service under military standards should be allowed to serve.

This unfair policy treats transgender people different than other service members, which is antithetical to the core values of our military." #TransMilitaryBan pic.twitter.com/4hQOhLjI3g

— Pride at Work (@PrideatWork) April 12, 2019

Professional Aviation Safety Specialists:

PASS is honored to support @FedsHelpingFeds at this year's Public Service Walk & Run April 28, on behalf of our members @FAANews. Join the PASS team here: https://t.co/NPiYWr0PVi All proceeds go to the only charity dedicated to helping federal workers in need. #publicservice

— PASS (@PASSNational) April 12, 2019

Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union/UFCW:

ICYMI: 1,800 RWDSU members secured a new union contract in Camilla, GA! #OrganizeTheSouth #1u @AFLCIO @AFLCIOGeorgia @UFCW https://t.co/soF9CmLccg

— RWDSU (@RWDSU) April 18, 2019

SAG-AFTRA:

Congrats to #sagaftramember Vickie Thomas on her well-earned induction to the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame. For more than 25 years she’s kept Detroiters informed and her service as a union steward and mentor to fellow members has been invaluable. https://t.co/dVwa3WWjsr pic.twitter.com/FFSeMUyhsv

— SAG-AFTRA (@sagaftra) April 16, 2019

Seafarers:

Big win for the U.S. Merchant Marine (and apologies for the double post) https://t.co/1j58Yn5BHP

— Seafarers Union (@SeafarersUnion) April 3, 2019

Solidarity Center:

The world creates as much as 50 million tons of e-waste/yr valued at $60 billion+ dollars but only 20% is formally recycled. This “toxic flood of electronic waste” should be converted into source of #decentwork per @ilo@LURNetwork @ClimateReality https://t.co/VpKi5dGU01

— Solidarity Center (@SolidarityCntr) April 18, 2019

TCU/IAM:

"Too often, politicians & CEOs forget that behind every train that rolls across the country…Are thousands of dedicated, hardworking union members...And too often CEOs think it’s ok to attack your rights to be part of the labor movement." - @TTDAFLCIO Larry Willis #IAMtranspo19 pic.twitter.com/gCg4fB5xFC

— Transportation Communications Union/IAM (@TCUnionHQ) April 9, 2019

Theatrical Stage Employees:

Congratulations to the technicians at @tarragontheatre who yesterday voted unanimously to be represented by @iatse58. Welcome to the @IATSE and @IATSECANADA family! #growthequalsstrength pic.twitter.com/5vOf6Ss3qS

— IATSE Local 58 (@iatse58) April 17, 2019

Transport Workers:

The Richmond Board of Education has refused to listen to parents, to drivers, to children and have neglected the system putting Augusta's children in harms way. The TWU is leading the charge to ensure the safety of our children! #ToxicSchoolBus https://t.co/2Xgm3efthh

— TWU (@transportworker) April 18, 2019

Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO:

This 👏 is 👏 not 👏 okay. Last year there were more than 100 documented assaults on transit workers & more than 2,300 cases of harassment. Congress must act now by passing the Bus Operator and Pedestrian Protection Act.https://t.co/rfLWUcbWec

— Transp. Trades Dept. (@TTDAFLCIO) April 17, 2019

UAW:

Did you pay federal income taxes this year? 60 of America's largest corporations didn't! Get the details: https://t.co/e73Wz58rb6

— UAW (@UAW) April 17, 2019

Union Label and Service Trades Department:

Stamp Out Hunger food drive is next month. pic.twitter.com/kofTYqcuoa

— Union Label Dept. (@ULSTD_AFLCIO) April 11, 2019

Union Veterans Council:

Congrats to Union Veteran @pamforpa for flipping a red seat blue with the help of the Allegheny/Fayette Union Veterans Council.

This is what happens when me mobilize our veterans to be their own voices of change. @Darrinkellypgh @PaAFL_CIO pic.twitter.com/aF5V7t57Ez

— Union Veterans Council (@unionveterans) April 3, 2019

UNITE HERE:

We’re demanding that Marriott disclose the total number of incidents of sexual harassment and assault in their hotels.
The public, survivors, and employees deserve to know the REAL totals, not just the 44 formal legal complaints. #MeTooMarriott #MoreThan44 pic.twitter.com/mqgowYBvFV

— UNITE HERE (@unitehere) April 18, 2019

United Food and Commercial Workers:

Kristen with @UFCW Local 1445 works at #StopandShop as a deli manager & joins @AFLCIO's State of the Unions podcast to share why she's on the picket line & how its bringing people together to protect good #NewEngland jobs. RT and listen here: https://t.co/JQEFJRRj6e pic.twitter.com/XFnYRO5nZx

— UFCW (@UFCW) April 17, 2019

United Steelworkers:

Activists vow to fight back as Tennessee lawmakers attempt to criminalize some voter registration https://t.co/DqenN396Ok via @thinkprogress #USWVotes

— United Steelworkers (@steelworkers) April 17, 2019

United Students Against Sweatshops:

USAS students from across the country are sharing the stories of brave Indonesian Nike workers who are ready to fight by spreading their truth. Meet the women behind the Nike swoosh. #nikewalkthetalk #nikewomentruthtour pic.twitter.com/RwDhmdDGxZ

— USAS (@USAS) April 11, 2019

United Union of Roofers and Waterproofers:

We need roofers in Nashville! Pref. journey level, but all levels welcome. Great wages + benefits. More info--> https://t.co/4SIbO2r5wo #hiringroofers pic.twitter.com/HWXbEQrvcF

— Roofers Union (@roofersunion) April 17, 2019

Utility Workers:

Former Marine & Local 126 member Micah Herndon "is guts personified"! His determination to finish #Boston2019 inspires us all. @washingtonpost @BostonMarathon https://t.co/Ux4EyW3hia

— UWUA National (@The_UWUA) April 17, 2019

Working America:

Although the reasons are complex, 2 leading factors of why black women have a higher risk of dying from pregnancy complications are b/c of lack of access & poor quality of care.

We can change that. #BMHW19 #BlackMaternalHealthWeek #MedicaidExpansion https://t.co/eafp8R9niG pic.twitter.com/AMEhPZ29BO

— Working America (@WorkingAmerica) April 17, 2019

Writers Guild of America, East:

"The Writers Guild of America today filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court seeking to establish that talent agency packaging fees are illegal under both California and federal law." #ClientsOverConflictshttps://t.co/2eygQvFWXN

— Writers Guild of America, East (@WGAEast) April 17, 2019 Kenneth Quinnell Mon, 04/22/2019 - 11:34

Get to Know AFL-CIO's Affiliates: American Postal Workers Union

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 10:28
Get to Know AFL-CIO's Affiliates: American Postal Workers Union AFL-CIO

Next up in our series that will take a deeper look at each of our affiliates is the American Postal Workers Union (APWU). The series will run weekly until we've covered all 55 of our affiliates.

Name of Union: American Postal Workers Union

Mission: Through collective bargaining, legislative action and mobilization of its members and the public, APWU fights for dignity and respect on the job for postal workers throughout the postal industry—for decent pay and benefits and safe working places, for defense of the right of the people to public postal services and for solidarity with all workers, at home and abroad.

Current Leadership of Union: Mark Dimondstein was elected president of APWU in 2013 and won a second term in 2016. He began his postal career in 1983. In 1986, he was elected to the first of six consecutive terms as president of the Greater Greensboro (N.C.) Area Local. Beginning in 2000, he served as APWU's national lead field organizer. He won AFL-CIO's Southern Organizer of the Year Award in 2001. 

Debby Szeredy serves as APWU’s executive vice president, Elizabeth Powell serves as secretary-treasurer and Vance Zimmerman is the industrial relations director. The national executive board also includes four craft division directors who oversee the clerk, maintenance, motor vehicle service and support service crafts at the United States Postal Service (USPS), as well as five regional coordinators.

Current Number of Members: 222,000.

Members Work As: Retail postal clerks, mail processors and sorters, building and equipment maintenance, custodial workers, truck drivers and mechanics, information technology workers, nurses and others.

Industries Represented: Members are active and retired workers for the USPS, as well as private-sector workers employed in the mailing industry.

History: The American Postal Workers Union was founded on July 1, 1971, when five postal unions merged after the Great Postal Strike in 1970. The two largest unions involved in the merger were the United Federation of Postal Clerks—which represented employees who "worked the windows" at post offices and workers who sorted and processed mail—and the National Postal Union—who represented postal workers in multiple crafts. The National Association of Post Office and General Service Maintenance Employees, the National Federation of Motor Vehicle Employees and the National Association of Special Delivery Messengers were the other three unions who merged to create the APWU.

Before the Great Postal Strike, early postal unions essentially had no collective bargaining rights, with wage increases dependent on the whims of Congress, i.e. "collective begging." As a result, postal workers were chronically underpaid, barely making enough to make ends meet.

Workers grew increasingly frustrated with Congress’ inaction, and on March 18, 1970, thousands of New York City postal workers walked off the job in protest, starting the Great Postal Strike. During the strike, mail service ground to a halt and the plight of postal workers was brought to the public’s attention. The strike was soon settled, with Congress approving a 6% wage increase and other gains for postal workers.

The strike motivated the enactment of the Postal Reorganization Act of 1970, which granted unions the right to negotiate with management over their wages, benefits and working conditions.

Since that first contract almost 50 years ago, the APWU has fought for dignity and respect on the job for the workers they represent, as well as decent pay and benefits and safe working conditions. As a result, the postal unions have achieved unprecedented job security provisions.

Current Campaigns: APWU is a partner in A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service that fights back against efforts to dismantle the USPS. APWU has many current campaigns to protect the workers and customers of the USPS, including fighting: against privatization, for a fair and decent contract protecting their entire bargaining unit, against post office closures and to promote safe postal jobs. With the solidarity of the labor movement and community allies, the APWU led the successful "Stop Staples" fight against the privatization of postal retail services.

APWU is also pushing for postal banking as a way to expand basic financial services to those whose needs are unmet by the corporate-dominated financial sector, and protect them from the predatory Payday Loan and check cashing industry.

Community Efforts: The American Postal Workers Accident Benefit Association provides insurance and pays benefits to postal workers and their families in the case of accidental death or disability. The E.C. Hallbeck scholarship provides educational benefits for children of APWU members while the vocational scholarship program helps the children of APWU members pursue trade, technical, vocational or industrial occupations. The Postal Employees Relief Fund helps postal workers and their families recover from natural disasters and house fires. The APWU promotes strong alliances and common bonds between the labor and civil rights communities.

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Kenneth Quinnell Mon, 04/08/2019 - 11:28

Collective Voices Lead to Victory: Worker Wins

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 12:11
Collective Voices Lead to Victory: Worker Wins

Our latest roundup of worker wins begins with grocery store workers using their collective voices and includes numerous examples of working people organizing, bargaining and mobilizing for a better life.

UFCW Workers at King Soopers/City Market in Colorado Reach Tentative Agreement to End Prevent Strike: United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) members who work at King Soopers and City Market in Colorado have accepted a tentative agreement to prevent a strike and the new deal must be approved by the membership. The new contract addresses wage increases, health care costs, improved benefits and increased safety requirements. UFCW Local 7 President Kim Cordova said: "Today’s deal represents an important investment in King Soopers and City Market workers and strengthens our ability to continue providing shoppers with the high-quality customer service they deserve. The fact that this offer is significantly better than where we started in December is a tribute to the hard work of every member."

Two More Condé Nast Publications Join Organizing Wave: Pitchfork and Ars Technica, two publications owned by Condé Nast, have become the latest publications to join the wave of organizing that has been sweeping newsrooms and digital media in recent years. Employees at both publications have asked for voluntary recognition of their union representation. Ars Technica covers technology and science and Pitchfork publishes music criticism and news. Pitchfork's senior editor Stacey Anderson said: "The editors, writers, producers and strategists of Pitchfork are deeply proud of the work we do here. We believe that forming a union will keep this a sustainable place for all of us. We’re ready for management to address our concerns and work as hard for us as we do for them."

Boise Philharmonic Musicians Vote for Representation by American Federation of Musicians: With 96% of the vote, musicians at the Boise Philharmonic have voted to join the American Federation of Musicians (AFM). Kate Jarvis, a violinist and assistant concertmaster, said: "We're excited to join the community of working musicians, and we think this is an exciting time in the life of our orchestra. We have a vested interest in the organization, and we think it's important for the musicians to have a voice in the organization."

Staff at Podcast Startup Gimlet Media Join Writers Guild: More than 80 staff who work for Gimlet Media have asked management to voluntarily recognize their unionization with the Writers Guild of America, East. Gimlet produces popular podcasts such as Reply All and StartUp and the membership includes producers, engineers, reporters and hosts. Among the issues the new union will be negotiating with management are fair treatment for contractors, increased workplace diversity, protection of employee intellectual property, and transparency around pay, promotions and firings.

Flying Food Workers Avoid Strike and Ratify New Contract: Nearly 700 catering employees of Flying Food Group who work at Los Angeles International Airport averted an approved strike after 98% voted to ratify a new contract. The workers, represented by UNITE HERE Local 11, will see wage increases and the end of costly monthly health care premiums. Flying Food Group worker Juan Varela applauded the agreement: "This new contract is going to change my life. I used to pay $332 a month for my health insurance and now I won’t have to pay any money out of my check for full coverage for me and my family."

Tufts Dining Workers Reach Tentative Agreement After Nearly a Year: Dining workers represented by UNITE HERE at Tufts University have reached a tentative contract after nearly a year of negotiations. The contract would be the first for dining workers at the university. The contract addresses wage increases, health care, the conversion of temporary employees to regular status, maintaining employees' existing time-off benefits and other issues.

Ohio Teachers End Strike After Ratifying New Contract: Teachers at Summit Academy Parma in Ohio ended a nine-day strike after the members of the Ohio Federation of Teachers overwhelmingly voted to ratify a new contract. OFT President Melissa Cropper said: "The teachers and intervention specialists at Summit Academy Parma organized their union to improve their students’ learning conditions. That’s what this contract does with language on staffing and class sizes, and by establishing a labor-management committee so that we can solve problems as they arise." The contract was secured after the teachers went on strike in order to improve teaching and learning conditions at the charter school, which serves special needs students.

New Jersey State Workers and Gov. Phil Murphy Agree to New Contract: After a long-fought battle with former Gov. Chris Christie, New Jersey's new governor, Phil Murphy, is much more open to working with state workers. A breakthrough contract last year was followed by a tentative agreement on a four-year contract with the state and the Communications Workers of America New Jersey. The new contract was approved by the membership at the end of March.

BuzzFeed Workers Join NewsGuild: The overwhelming majority of U.S. journalists working for online news outlet BuzzFeed voting to be represented by The NewsGuild of New York, CWA Local 31003. Earlier this year, BuzzFeed moved to eliminated 15% of its workforce and the new unit is seeking better benefits and fair pay. The BuzzFeed workers said: "We want to remain spry and competitive, but we reject the argument that we must choose between freelancing in a hellscape gig economy for vampirical platforms or submitting to the whims of a corporation that botches basic HR tasks." The BuzzFeed workers have asked management to voluntarily recognize the union.

Boston's WBUR Staff Overwhelmingly Vote for Representation Through SAG-AFTRA: With 96% voting in favor, staff at radio station WBUR in Boston voted to recognize SAG-AFTRA as their union. They are in the beginning stages of negotiating their first contract. Ally Jarmanning, a digital producer at WBUR, said: "We are thrilled to officially be recognized as a union at WBUR. Organizing has brought our staff closer together and we can't wait to get to work negotiating a contract that will be fair for all. We know together we can make WBUR an even better place, both for workers and listeners."

Machinists at Boeing Win Mid-Contract Pay Raise: Thousands of Machinists who work for Boeing in Seattle have won a $4-per-hour increase of minimum pay rates. While their current contract sets pay rates through 2024, the Machinists fought for an increase after management responded to a labor shortage by offering new hires wages higher than the existing contract. The union successfully argued to management that the contract's minimum wage should be raised so that already hired workers would be making as much or more than new hires.

Gizmodo Editorial Staff Unanimously Ratifies New Contract: Nearly 170 members of the editorial staff at Gizmodo Media Group voted unanimously to ratify their second collective bargaining agreement. The staff is represented by the Writers Guild of America, East, and about the contract the bargaining committee said: "We’re incredibly proud of the contract we won. With a strong union, and the support of our colleagues at other unionized shops across digital media, we were able to build on our first contract and help elevate industry standards to better protect workers and the independence of our newsrooms. But building labor power in digital media is bigger than just a contract, so the struggle for a more democratic, transparent industry continues. There’s power in standing together, and when we fight we win."

Nurses Vote to Join Minnesota Nurses Association: An overwhelming majority of nurses at CHI St. Alexius Health in Bismarck, North Dakota, voted to be represented by the Minnesota Nurses Association. The nurses sought union representation after operational changes and layoffs had a negative impact on patient care. Nurse Leslie Wenger said: "We’re all extremely excited. We just really wanted to come together and have a voice to get heard and to get a seat at the decision-making table."

Journalists at The Morning Call Join NewsGuild: By a vote of 31-12, reporters, photographers and other staff at The Morning Call, located in Allentown, Pennsylvania, voted to be represented by The NewsGuild-CWA. Peter Hall, a senior reporter, said: "For a lot of people, this is about improving our sense of certainty about the future. Everyone involved in this has really worked hard."

San Francisco Bikeshare Workers Vote for TWU Representation: Workers at Ford GoBike in the San Francisco Bay area have voted to join the Transport Workers (TWU). The maintenance workers are employed by Motivate LLC and are seeking wage increases, better scheduling practices and other quality of life factors. TWU already represents Motivate workers in New York City, Chicago, Boston, Washington, D.C., and Jersey City.

 

Kenneth Quinnell Fri, 04/05/2019 - 13:11

Tags: Organizing

Economy Gains 196,000 Jobs in March; Unemployment Unchanged at 3.8%

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 11:57
Economy Gains 196,000 Jobs in March; Unemployment Unchanged at 3.8%

The U.S. economy gained 196,000 jobs in March, and the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.8%, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Continued lower levels of job growth provide good reason for the Federal Reserve's Open Market Committee to express caution in considering any interest rate hikes.

In response to the March job numbers, AFL-CIO Chief Economist William Spriggs tweeted:

Payroll numbers up 196,000 in March according to @BLS_gov unemployment holds steady at 3.8%, payroll numbers adjusted up for January and February by a combined 14,000 jobs. @AFLCIO

— William E. Spriggs (@WSpriggs) April 5, 2019

Average hourly earnings moderate to a 3.2% increase comparing March 2018 to March 2019. Moderating wage growth and job growth under 200,000 for two months coincide with moderation in GDP growth. @AFLCIO

— William E. Spriggs (@WSpriggs) April 5, 2019

After three straight months of increase in the Black unemployment rate, it falls to 6.7% in March, but for the wrong reasons, labor force participation dips from 62.5 to 62.1% and the share employed falls for third straight month. @rolandsmartin @AFLCIO

— William E. Spriggs (@WSpriggs) April 5, 2019

 

Unemployment rate holds steady in March at 3.8% from a decline in labor force participation and a slight dip in the employment-to-population ratio. With February and March numbers, shows a slowing labor market. Obviously, the @federalreserve got it right. @AFLCIO #JobsReport pic.twitter.com/4iiCq7sLEm

— William E. Spriggs (@WSpriggs) April 5, 2019

 

Labor Force Participation rate drops for all education attainment levels in March in new @BLS_gov report, except for college educated workers. So, unemployment is steady for the wrong reasons. @AFLCIO #JobsReport pic.twitter.com/oIeQAfF1Tv

— William E. Spriggs (@WSpriggs) April 5, 2019

 

Another, its not a good sign when... The share of the unemployed who are long time unemployed (over 6 months) has been increasing three straight months. Meaning its getting more difficult to get back into jobs. @AFLCIO #JobsReport pic.twitter.com/uMZMofHiae

— William E. Spriggs (@WSpriggs) April 5, 2019

 

Weakening auto sales showing in manufacturing of motor vehicles, down 6,300 in March. This doesn't erase the gain over the year from last March, but makes the annual gain now only 3,500 jobs. @AFLCIO

— William E. Spriggs (@WSpriggs) April 5, 2019

 

Skills shortages? Computer systems designs payroll up by 11,500 in March. But the problem is scale. That industry employs 2.18 million; compared to 12.1 million workers in food services, where jobs increased 27,300. @AFLCIO #JobsReport

— William E. Spriggs (@WSpriggs) April 5, 2019

 

Dip in the share of Americans employed in March shows how hard the recovery to more employment has been for Americans. This shows there is still more room for growth. @AFLCIO #JobsReport pic.twitter.com/TVdiYcboQa

— William E. Spriggs (@WSpriggs) April 5, 2019

 

Retail trade employment drops 11,700 in March and over the year is down 35,900 over the year shows effect of reckless private equity firms destabilizing the industry, sluggish consumer spending growth and the internet @AFLCIO #JobsReport

— William E. Spriggs (@WSpriggs) April 5, 2019

Last month's biggest job gains were in health care (49,000), professional and technical services (34,000), food services and drinking places (27,000), and construction (16,000). Manufacturing employment declined in March (-6,000 jobs). Employment in other major industries, including mining, wholesale trade, retail trade, transportation and warehousing, information, financial activities, and government, showed little change over the month. 

Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates fell for teenagers (12.8%) and blacks (6.7%). The jobless rate increased for Hispanics (4.7%). The jobless rate for adult men (3.6%), adult women (3.3%), whites (3.4%) and Asians (3.1%) showed little change in March.

The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) rose in March and accounted for 21.1% of the unemployed.

Kenneth Quinnell Fri, 04/05/2019 - 12:57

Education Minnesota Is Gaining Strength One Conversation at a Time

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 10:58
Education Minnesota Is Gaining Strength One Conversation at a Time

Just over 18 months ago, the leaders of Education Minnesota (an affiliate of both the AFT and the National Education Association) decided that something had to change. With the Janus decision looming, and the 2018 midterm elections set to follow, the 90,000-member union knew that membership engagement had to be its top priority.

Education Minnesota President Denise Specht embarked on an ambitious internal organizing campaign, aiming to bolster members’ commitment to the union. The campaign sought to reach 100% of members, reduce the number of fee payers before the Janus v. AFSCME decision and minimize membership losses following the decision.

At its core, that effort would be built on value-centered, one-on-one conversations with individual members. Rather than focusing on benefits or contract language, these discussions would center on the needs of each member and the full value of belonging to a union.

By tying the core principles of unionism—having power in the workplace and joining together in a common fight—to individual members’ tangible experiences, organizers would build a foundational relationship with members that could weather both internal and external turbulence.

Specht knew that this would be no small task. With 460 locals across the state, varying priorities and internal politics threatened to derail the urgently needed program. While most local leaders embraced the opportunity, some initially resisted changes in how they communicated with their members. The program’s effectiveness, however, quickly spoke for itself.

In one region, two locals fully implemented the approach using stories and conversations about the value of belonging to a union during new employee orientation, while one carried out old habits by selling the union as insurance.

In a stunning feat of organizing, the two reformers signed up 100% of new employees. Meanwhile, the other local struggled to sign up 40%.

Specht’s vision for value-based conversations soon became a reality at union halls, worksites and orientations across the state. By the time the Janus decision was handed down, they were ready.

The union managed to recommit 95% of its members and, in the wake of the decision, limited membership losses to only 600. Far from receiving the gut punch pundits had expected, Education Minnesota came through stronger and better organized than ever.

But Specht wasn’t finished, and she wasted no time in channeling that energy toward the midterm elections. After a year of building and cementing relationships, organizers were in a newly strengthened position to mobilize members to the ballot box.

Across the state, the union recruited and trained more than 1,500 worksite leaders, who applied the successes of membership engagement to their political program. Through one-on-one conversations about the issues that mattered to them, members felt invested in the upcoming election—and turned out in droves.

Capping off a year that was supposed to mark the death of labor, Education Minnesota proved that it wasn’t going anywhere, showing its power on the campaign trail and catapulting one of its own members, Tim Walz, into the governor’s mansion, and another, Julie Blaha, into the state auditor’s office.

Kenneth Quinnell Fri, 04/05/2019 - 11:58

The Center of Victory

Wed, 04/03/2019 - 14:08
The Center of Victory Natasha Lindstrom/Tribune-Review

The labor movement helped elect a wave of union members and pro-worker allies across the country last night. We proved that if you support working people, we’ll have your back. And we sent a resounding message to every candidate and elected official that if you seek to divide and destroy us, we’ll fight back with everything we have.

The labor movement fought for our issues, union candidates and proven allies, and we filled the halls of power with our own.

We’re still tracking races and results, but here are the main takeaways:

  • Pam Iovino (USW) flipped Pennsylvania’s 37th state Senate District.

  • Union members Eric Genrich (AFSCME) and Satya Rhodes-Conway (AFT) were elected as the mayors of Green Bay and Madison, Wisconsin, respectively.

  • A slate of union members (from the Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association and AFSCME) and allies swept the Milwaukee School Board elections, and Danielle Shelton (AFT) won the election for a seat on the Milwaukee County Circuit Court.

  • In Missouri, Tommie Pierson Sr. (UAW) and Mike Corcoran (UA) won mayoral elections in Bellefontaine Neighbors and St. Ann, respectively. Meanwhile, Nick Trupiano (UFCW) was elected alderman in St. Peters and Orlando Smith (UA) won election as the Fire Protection District director for the city of Black Jack.

Working people win when working people run. In 2017, the AFL-CIO passed a powerful national resolution promising to train and campaign for union members to win public office through the Path to Power program.

Kenneth Quinnell Wed, 04/03/2019 - 15:08

‘State of the Unions’ Podcast: #StampOutHunger

Wed, 04/03/2019 - 09:00
‘State of the Unions’ Podcast: #StampOutHunger AFL-CIO

In the latest episode of "State of the Unions," podcast co-host Tim Schlittner talks to Brian Renfroe, National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) executive vice president, and Christina Vela Davidson, assistant to the president for community services, about #StampOutHunger, the annual one-day drive that has collected more than 1 billion pounds of food for the hungry. 

"State of the Unions" is a tool to help us bring you the issues and stories that matter to working people. It captures the stories of workers across the country and is co-hosted by two young and diverse members of the AFL-CIO team: Mobilization Director Julie Greene and Executive Speechwriter Tim Schlittner. A new episode drops every other Wednesday featuring interesting interviews with workers and our allies across the country, as well as compelling insights from the podcast’s hosts.

Listen to our previous episodes:

State of the Unions” is available on Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotifyStitcher and anywhere else you can find podcasts.

Kenneth Quinnell Wed, 04/03/2019 - 10:00

Tags: Podcast

Closing the Gap: The Working People Weekly List

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 11:19
Closing the Gap: The Working People Weekly List AFL-CIO

Every week, we bring you a roundup of the top news and commentary about issues and events important to working families. Here’s the latest edition of the Working People Weekly List.

The House Just Passed a Bill to Close the Gender Pay Gap: "House Democrats easily passed the Paycheck Fairness Act on Wednesday—their latest in a long series of attempts to make sure women and men are paid equally. The final vote was 242-187. Democrats were joined by seven Republicans. To give you a sense of how long bill author Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) has been fighting for this cause, she first introduced the bill in 1997."

Vice Media Agrees to $1.87 Million Settlement for Paying Female Staffers Less Than Men: "Vice has agreed to a $1.875 million deal to resolve a class action lawsuit brought by some of the media company's female workforce. The proposed settlement was quietly submitted for approval to a Los Angeles Superior Court judge on Monday. By the looks of the court papers, Vice was likely saved from paying millions more because the company tends to employ younger women."

Mexico Must Change Labor Laws for USMCA Passage, Trumka Says: "AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka discusses the USMCA trade agreement and its impact on U.S. labor with Bloomberg's Jason Kelly on 'Bloomberg Markets: Balance of Power.'"

Labor Organizers Share Insight and Tips on Unionizing the Game Industry: "There’s been a lot of talk about unionization in the game industry, so today at GDC some union [members] took the stage in front of an audience of game makers to share what they’d learned about effectively organizing labor.  During an hour-long session that was chiefly Q&A, panel members Emma Kinema (Game Workers Unite International), Kevin Gregory Agwaze (Game Workers Unite UK), Linda Dao (SAG-AFTRA), Justin Molito (Writers Guild of America, East) and Liz Shuler of AFL-CIO (which published an open letter encouraging game devs to organize) fielded some notable labor questions from game devs. Shuler jumped in to say that, on the bright side, she’s seen a recent surge in labor organization, citing the recent Marriott workers strike as a good example of how workers can successfully fight for better pay and more protection on the job. 'We’re seeing a movement moment,' she added. 'I think people are discovering that they don’t have to sit back and take it. They can fight back.'"

Unions Step Up Push for $15 Minimum Wage in Congress: "Labor unions and their allies on Tuesday stepped up their push to get Congress to approve a $15-an-hour federal minimum wage, up from the current rate of $7.25, urging rank-and-file members to press their congressmen on the issue. 'Three weeks ago, lawmakers in the House brought that bill one step closer to a floor vote. Now, we’ve got to keep the momentum going,' AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in an email to members Tuesday. 'This is our chance to make a $15 per hour minimum wage a reality for ALL workers. Tell your congressperson that raising the wage is a win-win for workers and the economy.'"

Trump Finds Democrats a Tough Sell on NAFTA Replacement: "Critics of the agreement have called for beefing up its labor and environmental protections, as well as ensuring those aspects are actually enforceable in practice. Some Democrats have asked the administration to make changes to the deal, like taking steps to lower prescription drug prices and expand the scope of the new minimum wage requirements. Celeste Drake, the AFL-CIO's top trade and globalization policy guru, will testify before Blumenauer's subcommittee during a hearing on Tuesday morning, alongside representatives from the United Auto Workers, the United Steelworkers, and other key organized labor groups."

Millions of People Can't Afford Medicines. Groups Lead Efforts to Lower Prices: "'Excessively high drug prices and unjustified price increases do not happen by chance, they are the result of deliberate political decisions made in Washington,' said Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO. 'Patients at the pharmacy counter, workers at the bargaining table and their health plans negotiating with pharmaceutical companies are forced to pay the price,' added Trumka."

When We Stand United, We Prevail: What Working People Are Doing This Week: "Welcome to our regular feature, a look at what the various AFL-CIO unions and other working family organizations are doing across the country and beyond. The labor movement is big and active—here's a look at the broad range of activities we're engaged in this week."

Equal Pay for Equal Work: In the States Roundup: "It's time once again to take a look at the ways working people are making progress in the states."

Get to Know AFL-CIO's Affiliates: Train Dispatchers: "In this weekly series, we take a deeper look at each of the AFL-CIO's affiliates. Next up is the American Train Dispatchers Association."

Women's History Month Profiles: Maida Springer Kemp: "For Women's History Month, the AFL-CIO is spotlighting various women who were leaders and activists working at the intersection of civil and labor rights. Today's profile is Maida Springer Kemp."

 

Kenneth Quinnell Tue, 04/02/2019 - 12:19

It's Time for Equal Pay

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 11:02
It's Time for Equal Pay

Equal Pay Day serves as a reminder of how far we still have to go to close the gender pay gap. AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler (IBEW) has more on why unions are the best tool to achieve pay parity.

The House of Representatives recently passed the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would:

  • Prohibit employers from using salary history.

  • Protect against retaliation for discussing pay with colleagues.

  • Equalize discrimination claims based on gender, race and ethnicity.

Now it’s up to the Senate to bring it up for a vote and pass it. Add your name to the petition in support of the Paycheck Fairness Act.

The AFL-CIO Executive Council recently adopted a statement in support of the Paycheck Fairness Act and other equal pay efforts. Read it here.

Kenneth Quinnell Tue, 04/02/2019 - 12:02

Tags: Equal Pay

Get to Know AFL-CIO's Affiliates: AFT

Mon, 04/01/2019 - 07:03
Get to Know AFL-CIO's Affiliates: AFT AFL-CIO

Next up in our series that will take a deeper look at each of our affiliates is the AFT. The series will run weekly until we've covered all 55 of our affiliates.

Name of Union: American Federation of Teachers

Mission: The AFT "is a union of professionals that champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, health care and public services for our students, their families and our communities. We are committed to advancing these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism, and especially through the work our members do."

Current Leadership of Union: Randi Weingarten was elected president of AFT in 2008 after serving for 12 years as the president of the United Federation of Teachers, representing 200,000 educators in New York City's public schools. After graduating from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and the Cardozo School of Law, she worked as a lawyer and was active in numerous professional, civic and philanthropic organizations. Weingarten also taught history at Clara Barton High School in Brooklyn before becoming UFT's assistant secretary in 1995 and treasurer two years later.

Lorretta Johnson serves as secretary-treasurer and Mary Cathryn Ricker serves as executive vice president. The AFT also has 42 vice presidents representing various geographic areas.

Current Number of Members: 1.7 million.

Members Work As: Teachers from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; faculty and professional staff in higher education; nurses and other health care professionals; early childhood educators; and federal, state and local government employees. 

Industries Represented: Public schools, higher education, health care and federal, state and local government.

History: The AFT was founded in Chicago and was chartered by the American Federation of Labor in 1916. It grew quickly, chartering more than 170 locals in the first four years. A post-World War I push from local school boards intimidated many members into leaving the union, cutting its size in half by the end of the 1930s. The AFT fought back and pushed for academic freedom and tenure laws to protect teachers during the Red Scare. By the end of the Great Depression, the AFT had secured tenure laws of some sort in 17 states.

During World War II, the AFT was a significant supporter of the war effort while also campaigning against oppression of people of color at home. The AFT also fought to improve conditions in schools. Another Red Scare came along in the 1950s and the AFT took a lead role in opposing loyalty oaths and other limitations on teachers. The AFT was active in the civil rights movement, in particular in support of school desegregation. As the 1960s unfolded, the AFT turned toward strikes to obtain better pay, benefits and job security. More than 300 teacher strikes took place in the 1960s, and membership more than doubled to 200,000 by the end of the decade.

While dealing with new issues in the 1970s like declining school funding in urban areas, the AFT was the fastest-growing union in the country; and by the 1980s, it led the movement toward education reform and teacher professionalization. Throughout the ensuing decades, the AFT continued to focus on innovation and making sure that teachers had the cutting-edge skills to best serve their students.

In the 2000s, the AFT surpassed a million members, with the total hitting 1.7 million in 2017. During the presidency of Randi Weingarten, the AFT has continued to innovate with major initiatives such as the AFT Innovation Fund, Reconnecting McDowell, Share My Lesson and a partnership with First Book.

The past few years have seen an inspiring rise in collective action in the United States, and teachers, led by members of the AFT, have engaged in a wave of strikes that have scored a series of important victories for edcuators and the students and communities they serve. In particular, teachers were  successful using their collective voices in West Virginia, Oklahoma City, Chicago and Los Angeles.

Current Campaigns: A Decade of Neglect shines a light on the underfunding of public schools, and Fund Our Future seeks to remedy that problem. It is also working to help members deal with the burdens of the Student Debt Crisis. The AFT is fighting to keep families together in the face of "zero tolerance" immigration policies, to stop student loan fraud, to arm schools with resources instead of guns and to support Puerto Rico's teachers and parents.

Community Efforts: I Am AFT spotlights the community efforts of members. The AFT also provides disaster relief and emergency preparedness for members, its families and communities. The AFT also works with various community partners, including the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools, First Book, the Food Research and Action Center, the Special Olympics, the BlueGreen Alliance and the Healthy Schools Campaign.

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Kenneth Quinnell Mon, 04/01/2019 - 08:03

When We Stand United, We Prevail: What Working People Are Doing This Week

Thu, 03/28/2019 - 11:10
When We Stand United, We Prevail: What Working People Are Doing This Week AFL-CIO

Welcome to our regular feature, a look at what the various AFL-CIO unions and other working family organizations are doing across the country and beyond. The labor movement is big and active—here's a look at the broad range of activities we're engaged in this week.

A. Philip Randolph Institute:

U.S. Circuit Court rules it is legal to refuse jobs to people with dreadlocks https://t.co/vqqN3xXRcb

— APRI National (DC) (@APRI_National) March 26, 2019

Actors' Equity Association:

Equity's "How to Hire Me" letter is a resource that is intended to pave the way for Equity members who live outside Equity's office cities to get hired by producers who may not have a lot of experience using Equity Contracts.https://t.co/jnsA3xVKyx pic.twitter.com/kQiaZs0Fce

— Actors' Equity (@ActorsEquity) March 28, 2019

AFGE:

It’s still March which means we’re still celebrating #AFGEWomen. AFGE Local 1793 President Karen Ford-Styer explains what #WomensHistoryMonth means to her. #1u pic.twitter.com/PEtfopIGmO

— AFGE (@AFGENational) March 27, 2019

AFSCME:

During #WomensHistoryMonth, we celebrate the proud and fearless sisters who drive change in our union. #1u #AFSCMEStrong pic.twitter.com/IVgMWNmwle

— AFSCME (@AFSCME) March 26, 2019

AFT:

The AFT has a long history of engaging in the political process, with the goals of bettering the lives of our members and strengthening our communities. Get involved in the #AFTvotes #Election2020 endorsement process now: https://t.co/mSHraSij0o pic.twitter.com/leAW4a5TAT

— AFT (@AFTunion) March 20, 2019

Air Line Pilots:

Thank you to Senator @PattyMurray for your support of U.S. aviation workers: “I am particularly opposed to the proposal that would require an arbitrary 2-year bar on any union representation election after a decertification vote.” @HELPCMTEDEMS @GOPHELP pic.twitter.com/H9BW0eTWM1

— ALPA (@WeAreALPA) March 28, 2019

Alliance for Retired Americans:

Wall Street bonuses have grown by 1,000% since 1985. Had the minimum wage grown at the same rate it would be $33 an hour. Higher pay now means a secure retirement later. We must #RaiseTheWage. https://t.co/QX39ZuRq1j #FightFor15 #1u pic.twitter.com/2Ej242MxWq

— Alliance Retirees (@ActiveRetirees) March 28, 2019

Amalgamated Transit Union:

Fix New York’s school bus crisis - Restore the Employee Protection Provisions (#EPP) to ensure experienced #schoolbus drivers and escorts are safely transporting students. https://t.co/FxH0ipKsrA #NYC #1u pic.twitter.com/SNnuUkN07C

— ATU, Transit Union (@ATUComm) March 28, 2019

American Federation of Musicians:

.@MusiciansChiSym "privileges' are hard won – every day, week, month & year of their professional lives (and long before and after)." Solidarity w/striking Chicago Symphony Musicians! #UnionMusicians #1u https://t.co/ddZ7q0AmnI

— AFM (@The_AFM) March 28, 2019

American Postal Workers Union:

Today we remember when, in 1970, postal workers took to the streets and won the right to collectively bargain for wages and benefits.
More about the Great Mail Strike here: https://t.co/fAzpvSsMRh#1u pic.twitter.com/oniE46l33N

— APWU National (@APWUnational) March 25, 2019

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance:

FACT: There are 68 mil ppl displaced around the world, including 25 million #refugees. @realDonaldTrump administration cut #refugees admissions to just 30,000 for FY19. And now the U.S. isn’t even on track to meet this goal. #WhereRtheRefugees #RefugeesWelcome pic.twitter.com/X3qMJUqiln

— APALA (@APALAnational) March 27, 2019

Association of Flight Attendants-CWA:

AFA Air Wisconsin Flight Attendants continue to fight for a fair contract. SAVE THE DATE for the next picket in Chicago on April 11th. Read more about their fight ⬇️ https://t.co/TvHlHO68cs

— AFA-CWA (@afa_cwa) March 26, 2019

BCTGM:

New video tells the stories of White, Black, and Brown working families who have paid the price for Wall Street buying our democracy in the form of rent hikes, toxic mold, and layoffs. https://t.co/bmjwDFpHYT pic.twitter.com/Hl2b8bmczv

— BCTGM International (@BCTGM) March 18, 2019

Boilermakers:

Congrats to the 16 Canadian #Boilermakers who completed project management training in Toronto! https://t.co/fSClKk8i43 pic.twitter.com/NWLBqwM0AP

— Boilermakers Union (@boilermakernews) March 25, 2019

Coalition of Labor Union Women:

Call Now to Urge Your Representative to Vote YES on the Paycheck Fairness Act: 1-855-973-0824
Here's our message: Women can’t wait any longer for fair pay. As your constituent, I urge you to vote YES on H.R. 7, the Paycheck Fairness Act, to help close the gender pay gap. #WageGap

— CLUW National (@CLUWNational) March 25, 2019

Communications Workers of America:

Listen to the kids. Join a union! #1u #WednesdayWisdom 👦👧 pic.twitter.com/R3wLNhpUUV

— CWA (@CWAUnion) March 27, 2019

Department for Professional Employees:

Another reason to join together in union. #1u https://t.co/DPOhIOdE2T

— Department for Professional Employees (@DPEaflcio) March 28, 2019

Electrical Workers:

https://t.co/mgeTYt0L1A

— IBEW (@IBEW) March 25, 2019

Farm Labor Organizing Committee:

Listen to our Kentucky Organizer, Stephen, talk about our work in Kentucky!
‘Sustainability Now! | Stephen Bartlett | Farm Labor Oraganizing Committee | March 4, 2019’ on #SoundCloud #np https://t.co/7Lv4qfxTyR

— Farm Labor Organizing Committee (@SupportFLOC) March 28, 2019

Fire Fighters:

Send your mayor to #Fire Ops 101 #IAFFMayorsFireOps https://t.co/agEXlflUuY pic.twitter.com/2BA4i8Zcxd

— IAFF (@IAFFNewsDesk) March 28, 2019

Heat and Frost Insulators:

Union Insulators offer the most effective solutions for sound attenuation due their extensive job training and institutional knowledge and they continue educate their members on new techniques to ensure highest quality of work is being done. Learn more: https://t.co/PBCqNEvMqL

— Insulators Union (@InsulatorsUnion) March 27, 2019

International Labor Communications Association:

Meet us in Manhattan April 4 at the esteemed house of @RWDSU #1u https://t.co/z0GYgNmp2Z

— Labor Communications (@ILCAonline) March 26, 2019

Ironworkers:

Iron Workers Local 396 in St. Louis, MO topped out the $12.4 million Boys & Girls Clubs Teen Center of Excellence in Ferguson on Wednesday. https://t.co/xxg8TOmVQq

— Ironworkers. (@TheIronworkers) March 28, 2019

IUE-CWA

Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards
for Fiscal Year 2018 (Oct. 1, 2017, to Sept. 30, 2018)
For more information go to https://t.co/x8wBaEOeT2 pic.twitter.com/J758eKYJC3

— IUE-CWA (@IUE_CWAUnion) March 22, 2019

Jobs with Justice:

The data is pretty clear: Federal workplace health and safety protections aim to keep working people from harm on the job. Dismantling those protections puts people in harm's way. via @michellechen https://t.co/SKMag044IY

— Jobs With Justice (@jwjnational) March 28, 2019

Laborers:

Legislation to fund #waterinfrastructure improvements in Indiana is headed to @GovHolcomb desk #InfrastructureNow https://t.co/Ksj84Gh5Qa

— LIUNA (@LIUNA) March 28, 2019

LCLAA:

Thank you to our amazing panelist today on Capitol Hill who discussed and answered questions on sexual harassment of farm worker women. #NFAW19 @SAFistas pic.twitter.com/Kh1rNjkbes

— LCLAA (@LCLAA) March 27, 2019

Longshoremen:

Dockworkers around Europe (Sweden, Portugal, Denmark, England, Spain, France, Greece, Slovenia, Belgium) support our brothers and sisters from “La Compagnia Unica de lavoratori portuale di Napoli” #LashingisDockersWork #Proud2beDocker pic.twitter.com/2gzoP7oh17

— IDC/dockworkers (@IDC_Dockers) March 20, 2019

Machinists:

IAM Puppy Madness is down to the #FinalFour! Want to make sure your favorite pup wins? Every dollar you donate to @GuideDogsGDA counts for a vote.

🗳️https://t.co/tjlWwaHGj9 pic.twitter.com/MJIjpRg0ni

— Machinists Union (@MachinistsUnion) March 28, 2019

Metal Trades:

“All the NAFTA renegotiation efforts in the world will not create U.S. jobs, raise U.S. wages or reduce the U.S. trade deficit if the new rules do not include clear, strong and effective labor rules that require Mexico to abandon its low wage policy,”... https://t.co/0ppO6o50DN

— Metal Trades Dept. (@metaltradesafl) March 26, 2019

Mine Workers:

Remembering the importance of health and safety in the workplace, fighting for workers rights and union solidarity.https://t.co/XhK7mxcoWw

— United Mine Workers (@MineWorkers) March 20, 2019

Musical Artists:

Today, AGMA pauses in remembrance of the souls lost to the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire on this day in 1911.

May their collective memory - and sacrifice - serve as an ardent reminder that the labor movement can never rest in fighting for a safer workplace for all. pic.twitter.com/C5x04Mk2FA

— AGMA (@AGMusicalArtist) March 25, 2019

NABTU:

This generation of women in the #BuildingTrades is changing expectations for girls across North America 👏

“Young girls tend to not know this is an option. Sometimes, it’s hard to do something and be something if you don’t see someone doing it first.”https://t.co/PHvyIAYRMH

— The Building Trades (@NABTU) March 27, 2019

National Air Traffic Controllers Association:

As longtime OSHA Committee Chair Mike Odryna retires after a 35-year career in the FAA, Los Angeles Center member Karena Marinas will take on the role of leading the committee in making sure NATCA members are safe in the workplace and well-represented. https://t.co/e7DuknNUmr pic.twitter.com/uyeWfPyjap

— NATCA (@NATCA) March 28, 2019

National Association of Letter Carriers:

Are you aware of a NALC brother or sister who has come to the aid of a local customer(s) while on their route and is a community hero? If so fill this form out -> https://t.co/1LtiE0DQni and nominate them to be a NALC Hero!#NALC #CarriersCare #Community #NALCHero #2019Heroes pic.twitter.com/9hubaUOweA

— Letter Carriers (@NALC_National) March 26, 2019

National Day Laborer Organizing Network:

Día trabajado, día pagado #NoPayNoWay #EndWagetheft https://t.co/0ispISNNGK

— NDLON (@NDLON) March 14, 2019

National Domestic Workers Alliance:

#TBT to when Executive Director of @mataharijustice Monique Nguyen organized a domestic workers’ convention in Boston to “dream and brainstorm” about how to change the lives of domestic workers. #WomensHistoryMonth https://t.co/FLRcY7706m

— Domestic Workers (@domesticworkers) March 28, 2019

National Nurses United:

Press Release: Illinois RNs Applaud Lawmakers as They Move Gold-Standard Nurse-to-Patient Staffing Legislation to Full Assembly

"This bill gives #nurses the tools they need to provide the highest quality of care." Mattie Newsom, RN https://t.co/F6QSYsyDyI #UnionStrong pic.twitter.com/IxXDXY8NhR

— NationalNursesUnited (@NationalNurses) March 28, 2019

National Taxi Workers Alliance:

NY State Senator Salazar says she supports our call to exempt yellow taxis from the congestion surcharge & says: “We need to examine what the actual impact would be on yellow cab drivers.” Thank you for your solidarity @JuliaCarmel__ ! https://t.co/7RgJaCVD2V via @motherboard

— NY Taxi Workers (@NYTWA) March 26, 2019

News Guild:

Congratulations! The NewsGuild family stands with you! Solidarity. https://t.co/iDWvBDqdnY

— NewsGuild (@news_guild) March 28, 2019

NFL Players Association:

👏👏👏 to @JordyRNelson -- a consummate professional and union player rep who balled out during his career https://t.co/KaBtwCmuu1

— NFLPA (@NFLPA) March 27, 2019

Office and Professional Employees:

If we want to get “tough on crime,” why not start with the most pervasive form of theft in the U.S.? #WageTheft disproportionately impacts those who cannot afford to have part of their paycheck stolen by the person who signs their checks. https://t.co/vMnY8RsvB7 #1u #UnionStrong

— OPEIU (@opeiu) March 28, 2019

Painters and Allied Trades:

Just last month, surrounded by the members of several Illinois unions, IL Governor JB Pritzker signs executive orders designed to strengthen working families and support organized labor on January 15, 2019. pic.twitter.com/XlpoGC5sMt

— GoIUPAT✊🏽 (@GoIUPAT) March 27, 2019

Plasterers and Cement Masons:

Unions raise living standards! A recent study of workers found that men represented by unions earned a median annual wage of $64,000, compared to $34,000 for their non-union counterparts. For women, it’s $40,000 union vs. $26,000 non-union. #1u https://t.co/MkKYDNNra3

— OPCMIA International (@opcmiaintl) March 28, 2019

Pride At Work:

Tomorrow, the House of Representatives will vote on House Resolution 124 that states the House's strong opposition to Trump's #TransMilitaryBan

Contact your representative NOW via @TransEquality to ensure they vote "yes" on H. Res. 124: https://t.co/lH1wk8E908

— Pride at Work (@PrideatWork) March 27, 2019

Printing, Publishing and Media Workers:

Have you visited our website lately? The new edition of the Sector News is online. https://t.co/egK6Z1xNw8 https://t.co/egK6Z1xNw8

— CWA Printing Sector (@CWAPrintingSect) March 20, 2019

Professional Aviation Safety Specialists:

Spot on, @transportworker! The aviation safety inspectors @FAANews that PASS represents are dedicated public servants whose ONLY business is aviation safety. Agency needs to invest in the inspector workforce, not outsource it, to protect flying public! #FAASafety https://t.co/2QGG6i7fJ4

— PASS (@PASSNational) March 27, 2019

Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Workers:

This isn't generosity. It's surrender.

Huge props to @fightfor15 and the fast food workers who kept up the pressure and made this happen.

Next up: No union-busting either. #1u https://t.co/Vf8B6d1KY5

— RWDSU (@RWDSU) March 27, 2019

SAG-AFTRA:

Thank you @SenatorLeyva for introducing SB564, which creates a civil cause of action for victims of #Deepfakes porn & other sex-related digital doubling. Image-based sexual abuse violates union contracts & human decency: https://t.co/7NDq8YOIx8 #ProtectMyImage #SB564 pic.twitter.com/ANMFoB02KI

— SAG-AFTRA (@sagaftra) March 28, 2019

School Administrators:

Union actors are fighting for a fair wage and health care. It's time we join together and stand our ground. AFSA stands with our sisters and brothers at @SAG/AFTRA. #StrikeBBH pic.twitter.com/CZV8Fg5MrT

— AFSA Leadership (@AFSAUnion) March 22, 2019

Seafarers:

Dare we say it? Amen!!! And thank you! https://t.co/S3CiaPSnLs

— Seafarers Union (@SeafarersUnion) March 27, 2019

Solidarity Center:

#Migrantworkers in Arab Gulf countries often are pushed into irregular status by a system that ties them to their employer. Amnesty--repatriating them back to their origin country or to a new employer--is supposed to be a fix. It isn't working.https://t.co/mKxCEJBCMJ

— Solidarity Center (@SolidarityCntr) March 28, 2019

Theatrical Stage Employees:

All people are equal & all people deserve respect & fair treatment. On March 20th, 2019, International President @matthewloeb established the IATSE Pride Committee, which is tasked with coordinating activities that support LGBTQ+ workers in the entertainment industry. #IATSEPride pic.twitter.com/SuIOZvNy1k

— IATSE (@IATSE) March 28, 2019

Transport Workers:

TWU IL/IN State Conference Chair Brendon Remezas, @TWU512 member George Volkl, Nestor Agudo and Stephen Kamykowski testify at the Chicago City Council for the expansion of @DivvyBikes in the city. Keep bike share public! #bikechi @chicagoaflcio @activetrans pic.twitter.com/rrwNtEITTq

— TWU (@transportworker) March 28, 2019

Transportation Trades Department:

Public safety and good jobs are not negotiable. As driverless vehicles become more ubiquitous, we’re calling on Congress and the Administration to protect both with this 8-point plan: https://t.co/jNY7iAAkB2

— Transp. Trades Dept. (@TTDAFLCIO) March 28, 2019

UAW:

Read what UAW President Gary Jones has to say about the power of collective bargaining in this week's Labor Voices: https://t.co/zngtrZvVND

— UAW (@UAW) March 27, 2019

UFCW:

Both consumers and the grocery business rely on #SNAP: "The grocery industry is strongly opposed to cuts to the SNAP program. Their businesses rely on these benefits being redeemed at their stores. It would be a major blow were any cuts to occur." https://t.co/uLIV6uxtTL @UFCW400 pic.twitter.com/FNafd5n5nG

— UFCW (@UFCW) March 28, 2019

Union Label and Service Trades:

Two members of Congress are pushing for answers about the National Labor Relations Board’s plans to contract out its unionized staff’s duties https://t.co/tGwwdusS9R https://t.co/edxoNIX7kZ https://t.co/edxoNIX7kZ

— Union Label Dept. (@ULSTD_AFLCIO) March 26, 2019

Union Veterans Council:

The Union Veterans @unionveterans we are working to build a veterans program for all veterans.

That is why we are proud to partner with @PrideatWork to announce our sponsorship of the @LGBTMilPartners 2019 Gala. AFL-CIO https://t.co/f4CvglFwym

— Union Veterans Council (@unionveterans) March 28, 2019

UNITE HERE:

The are lots of ways to be a Muslim. There are lots of ways to be a woman. Here's celebrating everyone who does both and brings that strength and integrity to the struggle for our collective liberation. #MuslimWomensDay #1u pic.twitter.com/hGD38Vw7B2

— UNITE HERE (@unitehere) March 28, 2019

United Steelworkers:

RT if you <3 what Local 105 out of Bettendorf, Iowa, representing over 1,900 brothers & sisters at Arconic have done to show their solidarity during contract negotiations! #USWUnity pic.twitter.com/oQRKPtekZm

— United Steelworkers (@steelworkers) March 28, 2019

Utility Workers:

Utility Worker Spotlight! Meet UWUA Local 601 President, Noel Christmas: pic.twitter.com/0xP1w5DPJg

— UWUA National (@The_UWUA) March 28, 2019

Working America:

Since 1985, Wall St bonuses have increased 1000%, compared to a 116% increase for minimum wage workers.

If earnings for minimum wage workers grew like Wall St bonuses, the minimum wage today would be over $33 an hour.#RaiseTheWage #1u https://t.co/GqkrDXwgwY

— Working America (@WorkingAmerica) March 26, 2019

Writers Guild of America, East:

Read our full statement here: https://t.co/QOu2RRWUfk #HB481 #HB481isBadForBusiness pic.twitter.com/FAkt8oMYDQ

— Writers Guild of America, East (@WGAEast) March 27, 2019 Kenneth Quinnell Thu, 03/28/2019 - 12:10

Equal Pay for Equal Work: In the States Roundup

Wed, 03/27/2019 - 12:10
Equal Pay for Equal Work: In the States Roundup AFL-CIO

It's time once again to take a look at the ways working people are making progress in the states. Click on any of the links to follow the state federations on Twitter.

Alaska AFL-CIO:

.@vincebeltrami responds to @GovDunleavy private Town Halls. #AKleg #AKgov https://t.co/08wsv9TTne

— Alaska AFL-CIO (@AKAFLCIO) March 20, 2019

Arizona AFL-CIO:

HB 2523 is being heard by committee TODAY! Make sure to call and let your State Senator know that we support equal pay for equal work and do not support this bill that would pay working students... https://t.co/BiCgzM9UBs

— Arizona AFL-CIO (@ArizonaAFLCIO) March 14, 2019

Arkansas AFL-CIO:

Some AR legislators are trying to create 2nd class citizens that don't receive the state's new minimum wage. Call your Rep today and ask them to leave minimum wage alone. 501-682-6211#arpx #arkleg #1u #willofthepeople #arklabor https://t.co/NSiKFDYjuM

— Arkansas AFL-CIO (@ArkansasAFLCIO) March 19, 2019

California Labor Federation:

This #WomensHistoryMonth we recognize the incredible contributions that women have made to the labor movement! From fighting gender based discrimination in the workplace to equal pay for equal work, women have always been at the forefront of the labor rights movement! #1u pic.twitter.com/EpDhzglhAn

— California Labor Federation (@CaliforniaLabor) March 1, 2019

Connecticut AFL-CIO:

.@EconomicPolicy Institute's Senior Analyst David Cooper: Contrary to opponents' warnings of economic ruin & massive job losses, states & cities throughout the U.S. have raised their minimum wages hundreds of times and the sky has never fallen. #FightFor15 https://t.co/hhUHKo5FZX

— Connecticut AFL-CIO (@ConnAFLCIO) March 18, 2019

Florida AFL-CIO:

Week 2 saw Florida inch closer to certain apocalypse. Watch our update videos covering all of the critical issues affecting you and your family during Legislative Session.

Sign up for email alerts at https://t.co/tDa78A8Tvyhttps://t.co/om0npkP4SN

— Florida AFL-CIO (@FLAFLCIO) March 17, 2019

Georgia AFL-CIO:

Actors' Equity Releases Statement On Trump's Proposal To Eliminate The National Endowment For The Arts https://t.co/k7kCPB8MUi

— AFL-CIO Georgia (@AFLCIOGeorgia) March 20, 2019

Indiana State AFL-CIO:

The Indiana Senate is considering legislation that would weaken training requirements for companies that bid on state design-build projects. Tell your senator to protect high-skill training programs that benefit local workers and communities! #inlegis https://t.co/dWQVL6iTlx

— Indiana AFL-CIO (@INAFLCIO) March 19, 2019

Iowa Federation of Labor:

Indianola schools and teachers approve contract https://t.co/2PmOJ9v9k5

— Iowa AFL-CIO (@IowaAFLCIO) March 20, 2019

Kansas State AFL-CIO:

Show your support & join Ks Gov Kelly for her first Public Town Hall Meeting pic.twitter.com/3BuOZ3DN10

— Kansas AFL-CIO (@KansasAFLCIO) March 20, 2019

Kentucky State AFL-CIO:

We agree. Call your Metro Council member at 502-513-7057, lines are open M-F 8am-5pm.

Tell your Metro Council member that You Oppose Frontline Worker Cuts!

From the Courier Journal:
“Louisville Metro Council, it's time for bold leadership. Approve... https://t.co/xtVfXr4PLH

— Kentucky AFL-CIO (@aflcioky) March 20, 2019

Maine AFL-CIO:

Today we are calling on the Legislature to honor its commitments & fully fund revenue sharing! #mepolitics pic.twitter.com/lXQtGGahp4

— Maine AFL-CIO (@MEAFLCIO) March 20, 2019

Massachusetts AFL-CIO:

Solidarity with @UFCW Stop & Shop workers in Chicopee, MA! #1u #solidarity pic.twitter.com/IbIWRKWff4

— Massachusetts AFLCIO (@massaflcio) March 20, 2019

Metro Washington (D.C.) Council AFL-CIO:

We Were There kicks off @busboysandpoets Takoma with the DC Labor Chorus and friends pic.twitter.com/jEHTwiR3bJ

— MetroDCLaborCouncil (@DCLabor) March 19, 2019

Michigan AFL-CIO:

After nearly a decade of shell games and rosy outlooks, Michigan citizens were finally given a frank assessment of the true cost of years of neglect and failing to invest in our state’s critical infrastructure. https://t.co/26w7Vz0oN4

— Michigan AFL-CIO (@MIAFLCIO) March 13, 2019

Minnesota AFL-CIO:

We agree, @GovTimWalz! #mnleg #mngov #MNPotholes https://t.co/3ibOcoU6L0

— Minnesota AFL-CIO (@MNAFLCIO) March 20, 2019

Missouri AFL-CIO:

March Madness: 16 marches that shaped the history of the labor movement. pic.twitter.com/c1MD2bpLVS

— Missouri AFL-CIO (@MOAFLCIO) March 19, 2019

Nevada State AFL-CIO:

"Workers do not dislike unions. But wealthy people and conservative donors sure do — and that, more anything, accounts for the anti-labor policies being passed at the state level."https://t.co/hjbiVCDKp3

— Nevada State AFL-CIO (@NVAFLCIO) March 18, 2019

New Hampshire AFL-CIO:

Prevailing wage legislation passed in @TheNHSenate! Thank you to @SenCavanaugh for your leadership on this issue and standing up for NH workers! #NHPolitics

— NewHampshire AFL-CIO (@NHAFLCIO) March 14, 2019

New Mexico Federation of Labor:

This is why we fight! https://t.co/FB4JZJMbNS

— NMFL (@NMFLaflcio) March 13, 2019

New York State AFL-CIO:

In a special episode of the #UnionStrong Podcast. @NYSDOLCommish Roberta Reardon talks about her labor roots and #WomensHistoryMonth . #UnionStrong #1U @NYSLabor #HERstory #WomenLead https://t.co/kHNvHoUe91 pic.twitter.com/2kIwd4Avho

— NYSAFLCIO (@NYSAFLCIO) March 20, 2019

North Carolina State AFL-CIO:

"Our bill is about making sure that everyone who works full time can earn a living wage, that everyone can afford the basics and that everyone has a fair opportunity to... https://t.co/JCZYpdkMOG

— NC State AFL-CIO (@NCStateAFLCIO) March 19, 2019

North Dakota AFL-CIO:

Welcome to our labor family! We couldn't be prouder of you in your historic victory! #1u @NationalNurses @mnnurses https://t.co/nk1RmH2Oxe

— North Dakota AFL-CIO (@NDAFLCIO) March 8, 2019

Ohio AFL-CIO:

Every time there is a crisis, it’s not the CEOs who take it on the chin, it’s the American worker that takes it on the chin.

-@AFTunion President @rweingarten in Canton @steelworkers Golden Lodge pic.twitter.com/dYVnaf7q3z

— Ohio AFL-CIO (@ohioaflcio) March 20, 2019

Oklahoma State AFL-CIO:

Number of the Day: 85 - the number of hours a minimum wage worker in Oklahoma has to work each week to afford a two-bedroom apartment at fair market rate.

[Source: National Low Income Housing Coalition]

— Oklahoma AFL-CIO (@OK_AFL_CIO) March 19, 2019

Oregon AFL-CIO:

#LaborLobbyDay is here! Union members from across the state are gathering in Salem to advocate for working people & unions. #UnionStrong #ORleg @ Oregon State Capitol https://t.co/qrF4pWebT5

— Oregon AFL-CIO (@OregonAFLCIO) March 19, 2019

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO:

We must ensure the safety of our patients and healthcare workers and support #SafeStaffing! Safe patient limits save lives. Period. @seiuhcpa @PennaNurses @SenatorCollett @nursesofpa pic.twitter.com/nnbkTQfh5s

— PA AFL-CIO (@PaAFL_CIO) March 20, 2019

Rhode Island AFL-CIO:

Relations between Stop & Shop and its New England unions have "gone from bad to worse," according to a spokeswoman for the workers, and both sides say no further bargaining sessions are scheduled. https://t.co/YtHqUAvLtF #1U #UFCW @UFCWLocal328

— Rhode Island AFL-CIO (@riaflcio) March 19, 2019

South Carolina AFL-CIO:

Look for the union label (it’s coming to a podcast company near you) https://t.co/uRjSNCdvAo

— SC AFL-CIO (@SCAFLCIO) March 20, 2019

Tennessee AFL-CIO Labor Council:

Unions for campaign staffers are extremely rare. https://t.co/rGfOvpVgAS

— Tennessee AFL-CIO (@tnaflcio) March 20, 2019

Texas AFL-CIO:

"It’s time to write the rules in a way that says, focus on what our families need and not on what the insurance companies need to earn.”

--#TxAFLCIO Prez @RickTxAFLCIO, promoting Healthy Texas Act, healthcare expansion embodied in HB 4127 by Rep. Gina Hinojosa, D-Austin. #1u pic.twitter.com/4VUiOguGcW

— Texas AFL-CIO (@TexasAFLCIO) March 13, 2019

Virginia AFL-CIO:

Effort to raise minimum wage in Virginia remains at standstill | Government & Defense Contracting | https://t.co/Aj4wQiWoWB https://t.co/XT831wgIqV

— Virginia AFL-CIO (@Virginia_AFLCIO) March 15, 2019

Washington State Labor Council:

Thank you, @CMTMosqueda for speaking out on behalf of Darigold dairy workers outside the Starbucks shareholder meeting in Seattle today. #Starbucks must hold its suppliers accountable for labor abuses! #DarigoldDozen @UFWupdates pic.twitter.com/g94Yz2puwC

— WA State AFL-CIO (@WAAFLCIO) March 20, 2019

West Virginia AFL-CIO:

West Virginia AFL-CIO President Josh Sword talks about why he opposes so-called “Right to Work” laws and about the circuit court ruling that found the 2016 law violates the WV Constitution. #wvpol https://t.co/CMBLoT2TXY

— West Virginia AFLCIO (@WestVirginiaAFL) March 12, 2019

Wisconsin State AFL-CIO:

Great to hear from Congresswoman Gwen Moore at today's @MALC_WI Labor Breakfast. #WIunion pic.twitter.com/VkE8epLCqU

— WI AFL-CIO (@wisaflcio) March 20, 2019 Kenneth Quinnell Wed, 03/27/2019 - 13:10

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